Health Minister for taking action against hygiene rules violators...

Health Minister for taking action against hygiene rules violators

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:26 PM, 20 January 2022   Updated: 03:43 PM, 20 January 2022

Health Minister Zahid Maleque addressed at the third-day session of the Deputy Commissioners’ (DCs) Conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Thursday; Photo: Collected

Health Minister Zahid Maleque addressed at the third-day session of the Deputy Commissioners’ (DCs) Conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Thursday; Photo: Collected

Health Minister Zahid Maleque today has directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to take action against those who do not follow the hygiene rules.

He told reporters after a third-day session of the Deputy Commissioners’ (DCs) Conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Thursday.

Health Minister said the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has given “five new suggestions” to control the increase in COVID in the country. 

“The committee said COVID-positive patients would remain in isolation for up to 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Isolation is not required if the person who came in contact with the patient has no symptoms,” Health Minister also said.

Health Minister said some restrictions have been imposed to curb Omicron. Although there is no reason to panic, it is “alarming”. “We have told the DCs that the way you cooperated in the control of Covid-19 last time, you have to do it again,” he also said. 

Zahid Maleque said while traveling on buses, trains and steamers, one has to follow the hygiene rules, wear a mask and observe the social distance. Social events including marriage should be stopped. We have highlighted these issues. 

He added that drugs have increased in the country, resulting in a health risk. I have asked them to increase their surveillance in this regard as well. I have asked to take legal action against those who do not follow the hygiene rules.

Regarding the readiness of the Health Service Division to tackle Covid-19, the Health Minister said, “Our Health Service Division is ready. We are in a much better position than before. There is no shortage of tests, there are 800 labs.” 

He added that we have kits. There is no shortage of oxygen. Oxygen has been installed in about 830 hospitals - which was not there before. We have a medicine system, have 20,000 beds. Moreover, about 40,000 new people have been recruited. There are around 15,000 doctors and 20,000 nurses.

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