Alexa 1,577 medical teams ready in coastal districts

Dhaka, Thursday   14 November 2019


1,577 medical teams ready in coastal districts

 News Desk

 Published: 04:25 PM, 9 November 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The government has kept a total of 1,577 medical teams ready in the country’s 15 coastal districts to provide emergency medical services as cyclone Bulbul continued to approach, reported BSS on Saturday. 

Severe cyclonic storm Bulbul may hit the southwest coast of the country by this evening as great danger signal number 10 was issued for the maritime ports of Mongla and Payra and coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, and Satkhira, said Met Office.

The maritime port of Chattogram has been advised to hoist great danger signal number 9. The signal was also effective for coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni and Chandpur.

Health minister Zahid Maleque and Director General of Directorate General for Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad cancelled holidays of health officials.

The medical teams comprising medical officers/assistant surgeons, senior staff nurses, midwife, deputy assistant community medical officers, health care-providers and others employees concerned have been asked to give necessary emergency medical services to people in the coastal districts, said Dr Ayesha Akhter, assistance director of Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of DGHS.

She said health officials have been advised to work in coordination with the local administrations and the ministry of disaster management and relief.

Ayesha said the medical teams have been asked to take special measures for maternity services and the DGHS is coordinating emergency measures to control non-communicable diseases in the areas.

DGHS said medicine and medical equipment reserves were adequate and the equipment will be sent to remote cyclone-hit areas after reviewing the medicine reserve of Central Medical Stores Depot and DGHS.