Civil Surgeon of Dhaka district has requested all concerned with health division of the area, including hospital authorities and physicians, to refrain from giving any information to mass media during the Covid-19 situation.
A notice signed by Dhaka Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Hossain Md Moinul Ahsan was sent to hospital authorities on Thursday.
Besides, the civil surgeon also requested the journalists to refrain from taking patient-related pictures or videos or interviewing patients. “Such activities are tantamount to breaching patient's privacy,” he added.
The notice also urged the media personnel to contact the civil surgeon's office for any kind of information.
According to the Civil Surgeon's Office, the directives came from higher authorities.
The restriction has come at the time when the Covid-19 situation of the Dhaka district has worsened for last few days as 3,456 coronavirus infected patients were detected and 28 patients died in 24 hours until Thursday morning.
The Covid-19 dedicated hospitals of the capital have been struggling to ensure treatment with limited manpower and logistic support while Kurmitola General Hospital is over flooded with the Covid-19 patients and its all ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and general beds already occupied.
According to month-wise statistics last year, five Covid-19 deaths were reported in March, 2020, 163 in April, 482 in May, 1,197 in June, 1,264 in July, 1,179 in August, 970 in September, 672 in October, 721 in November and 915 in December.