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Field admin recommends rigorous campaign over masks

  • Published at 01:01 pm December 7th, 2020
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File photo of people wearing masks walking on a street in Dhaka amid the Covid-19 pandemic Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Prime minister asks all concerned to distribute three-layer face masks made of cloths so that those could be used repeatedly

Field-level officials have suggested the government to engage commercial, industrial, and non-political organizations to motivate people to mask up as Bangladesh has started seeing an increased number of Covid-19 cases with the arrival of winter.

The government desperately looks for effective ways to force people to wear face masks since punishment enforced in this regard does not help that much.

“Field-level administration has made the suggestion as people are still reluctant about wearing masks although mobile courts are punishing those moving around without masks," said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam.

He was briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Monday.

As part of the move to engage commercial and business organizations in the campaign, he said the Commerce Ministry and the FBCCI have already been asked to push it forward so that people mask up when they go out of home and thus protect themselves from the deadly Covid-19.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting joining it virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

The weekly cabinet meeting discussed the Covid-19 situation and the ways to tackle its fresh surge, said the cabinet secretary.

At the meeting, the premier said she had already instructed Awami League and its front and associate bodies so that their leaders and activists wear face masks while attending any program as well as conduct massive awareness campaign in this regard.

She asked all concerned to distribute three-layer face-masks made of cloths among people so that those could be used repeatedly.

The cabinet secretary feared that the coronavirus infection rate in the country may rise further with the fall in mercury level.

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