Measures are being taken to inoculate students following WHO guidelines, the premier tells parliament
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the government is taking measures to reopen educational institutions across the country soon.
“We’ve been able to control the coronavirus to a large extent. There’s no more problem regarding vaccines…I’ve already directed [the authorities concerned] to reopen the schools and colleges soon,” she said.
The prime minister said this when she joined a discussion over a condolence motion placed in Parliament to condole the death of Awami League MP Hasibur Rahman Swapan of Sirajganj 6 constituency.
Sheikh Hasina said teachers have already been vaccinated and now steps are underway to vaccinate other staff of the educational institutions.
“Since there’re some WHO guidelines for school students, we’re taking measures to vaccinate the students following the guidelines,” she said.
So, the premier said, the government is collecting some Pfizer vaccines and trying to procure Moderna vaccines, too.
“Other vaccines are also coming. We’ve already paid for six core vaccine jabs,” the prime minister told the House.
The government is also taking steps to vaccinate the family members of health workers along with their house helps and drivers so that the virus cannot spread, she said.
The prime minister asked all people to follow the health protocols even after getting vaccinated.
She said it is seen that many people are affected by coronavirus even after being vaccinated through their health conditions do not deteriorate severely.
“So, everybody should remain careful.”
She said those who have comorbidities, including diabetes, cardiovascular, cancer and kidney diseases, should be more careful and seriously follow the health protocols as they are at great risk.
PM on Dengue outbreak
The prime minister urged all to keep their houses and surroundings clean to prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes that spread the dengue virus.
“People are now suffering from dengue [fever] also. So, I would like to ask everyone to keep their own houses, gardens, and surroundings clean so that the water doesn’t remain stagnant anywhere and [Aedes] mosquitoes can’t breed,” she said.
The premier said the city corporation authorities and the government are taking all necessary measures, but people should remain careful in this regard.
Talking about the death of Swapan, the prime minister said: “We’re going through a tough time. We’ve lost many colleagues in this parliament.”
She said Swapan’s death news came early Thursday, hours after this parliament adopted a condolence motion on Wednesday, expressing the profound grief at the death of a seasoned parliamentarian – Prof Ali Ashraf MP from Comilla 7.
Sheikh Hasina said Swapan was a popular and pro-people man who did a lot of work for people. “He stood beside people not taking care of his own health. His death is truly a matter of deep shock for the local people.”
She said the leaders and activists of her party and its associate bodies have been working hard to face the coronavirus and stand beside people.
They are working to supply oxygen to Covid-19 patients at home, arrange treatment for such patients and take them to hospitals, provide food to the needy people, and even carry out funeral works, the prime minister added.
The prime minister urged all to pray for Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah as he is very sick and receiving treatment abroad.
At the beginning of the day’s business, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury moved the condolence motion as sitting MP Hasibur Rahman Swapan, 67, passed away at a hospital in Turkey early Thursday.
The three-time lawmaker and former deputy minister for industries was undergoing treatment in Turkey for his kidney-related complications.
A number of MPs, including Deputy Opposition Leader Ghulam Muhammed Quader, Opposition Chief Whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga, ruling party Whip Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon, Awami League MPs Shamsul Haque Tuku, ASM Feroz and Abdul Aziz, and BNP MP Harunur Rashid participated in the discussion.
A one-minute silence was observed and a special prayer was offered seeking eternal peace for the departed soul.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Faridul Haque Khan conducted the special prayer.
Later, the parliament unanimously adopted the condolence motion by voice votes. As per the tradition, the day’s business of parliament was adjourned after the adoption of the condolence motion over the death of the sitting MP.