FBCCI is also collaborating with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and Sandhani Blood Bank to set up blood banks at the FBCCI premises
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) is setting up a blood bank, as well as taking steps to import dengue virus testing kits, and mosquito-repellent lotions for hospitals and clinics.
They announced this during a discussion with its members at its Dhaka office yesterday.
Sheikh Fazle Fahim, president of FBCCI, said: "We will provide test kits, and other mosquito-repelling lotions to hospitals and clinics, initially in areas where dengue has been most rampant. Our members, involved in import, can help in this regard, while we will provide financial assistance if necessary."
“As we are not a regulatory body, we do not have any jurisdiction over business entities, and how they sell their products," he remarked when asked about allegations that some traders were overcharging mosquito repellents, and other dengue-related medicines.
"I think the government also does not possess any kind of mechanism as well," he added.
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He also said they are collaborating with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, and Sandhani Blood Bank Bangladesh, in order to establish a blood bank for dengue patients at the FBCCI premises.
"It will be set up in a day or two," Fahim added, "Our goal is to stand by the dengue patients."
Kits gone missing
Earlier in the meeting, Dr Md Jahangir Alam , vice president of Bangladesh Private Hospitals and Diagnostics Owner Association said: “All the hospitals and diagnostics centres have readjusted the government-set fees for dengue identification tests. But we are not getting any testing kits which were promised to us. In May, the price of a single kit was Tk120 but now it is Tk350, and out of the market as well.”
Abu Motalib, a director of FBCCI, said many traders were stocking up on test kits but were selling them at very high prices. He warned traders not to do business around the dengue crisis.
He also slammed both Dhaka North and South City Corporations for violating a High Court ruling, which instructed them to import new dengue-preventive medicines, as it has not been implemented till date.
Earlier in the meeting, Habib Ullah Dawn, another FBCCI director, urged the country's apex trade body to supply test kits, and mosquito repellent lotions to hospitals and clinics, free of cost.
Directors, members, and leaders from different chambers, and federations were present at the meeting.