The government on Tuesday approved a proposal in principle for carrying out public works and directly procure medical equipment for setting up a 200-bed Covid-19 field hospital in the capital on an urgent basis.
The hospital will be established as part of a proposed 1000-bed field hospital at Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Convention Center of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Briefing reporters after the meeting, the finance minister said the government has already decided to set up a 1000-bed Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Convention Center at BSMMU.
In this regard, the CCEA meeting approved a proposal for following Direct Procurement Method (DPM) for implementing the public works for setting up the field hospital in the first phase at the earliest possible time in line with section 68(1) of the PPA 2006 and section 76(2) of the PPR, 2008.
Kamal said the construction of the Covid-19 field hospital would cost around Tk 102.2 million. He expressed hope that the proposed hospital would help to a large extent in providing health services if the Covid-19 cases rises again.
Answering a question, he said that the government hopes that there would be no need for such field hospitals in future. "But the government is very committed in this regard and it also hopes that the pandemic will come to an end."
Replying to another question, the finance minister said Bangladesh Bank (BB) and Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) would work accordingly in the area of stock, cash and bonus dividends.
Later, a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) was held on Tuesday with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.
The meeting approved a proposal for printing, binding and supplying some 1,88,75,735 textbooks of both Bangla and English (class 1, class 2) in 72 lots from some 25 lowest responsive bidders at a cost of around Tk 33,95,75,775.
The finance minister said the government hopes to continue to provide free textbooks to students next year also.