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Tough time ahead if corona goes wild

Warns health minister

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Tough time ahead if corona goes wild

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Thursday said if Covid-19 infections cannot be controlled further, the country will have to face tough challenges.

“The country’s economy will be affected and unemployment will increase if the corona situation cannot be kept under control. That’s why it is essential to contain the pandemic,” he said.

The minister gave the warning while addressing an event arranged by Bangladesh Society of Medicine at a hotel in the capital on Thursday.

He further said 1.75 crore people have received Covid-19 vaccine and millions more have registered online for taking the jabs. 

“We need 26-27 crore doses of vaccines. All will get vaccine shots in phases,” he said.

Zahid Maleque said as per the Prime Minister’s directive, the finance ministry already has approved purchasing more six crore vaccine doses, through releasing money on time. “These vaccine doses will be coming to the country in phases,” he said.

Mentioning that Bangladesh is going to receive the deliveries of over 1 crore more vaccine doses by this month, he said around 54 lakh doses of vaccine will arrive in Dhaka this week while another 50 lakh shots later this month.

The minister, however, said the Covid-19 positivity rate is slowly declining in the country and called upon all to come forward help the government to lower the death rate.

Medical Education Division Secretary of the ministry Md Ali Noor said there will be no benefit of increasing the hospital bed if the source of the virus transmission is not identified and step is not taken to reduce the infection.

Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said if the corona infection cases increase further, it will be difficult to tackle the situation.

“It is not possible to increase hospital bed overnight. The hospital bed has already been increased. There is a limitation in this regard. It is not possible to increase beds for the corona patients in hospitals further,” he added.