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BNP: Give subsidy to ensure free treatment of dengue patients

  • Published at 11:24 pm August 3rd, 2019
web-File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka tribune

Mirza Fakhrul also suggested using community centres in Dhaka for dengue treatment

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has demanded the government give necessary subsidy to public and private hospitals to provide free treatment to dengue patients.

"We propose the government to provide necessary subsidy for the treatment of dengue patients and take steps for ensuring free dengue tests," said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Fakhrul made the demand while talking to reporters after a meeting of BNP Standing Committee members at its chairperson's Gulshan office in Dhaka on Saturday.

He claimed the government gave different people of their choice financial assistance from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. 

"But we think it's now imperative to spend money from the fund for people when they are now in danger. The government should raise more money for the fund and ensure free treatment for the dengue patients," he said.

The BNP leader also suggested using the community centres in Dhaka for the treatment of dengue as the hospitals are finding it difficult to accommodate huge number of dengue patients due to a serious outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease.

He said their party decided to set up a medical camp of specialized doctors at its Naya Paltan central office with the help of Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (DAB) to advise dengue patients online.

Fakhrul said the government should strengthen its monitoring and take urgent necessary steps to tackle the worsening dengue situation.

He claimed the government completely failed to face the dengue situation while the health minister and the two city corporation mayors created a chaotic situation with their irresponsible remarks and attitude.

The BNP leader said the dengue situation turned acute since it spread to 64 districts. 

"The government couldn't take necessary effective steps to control the menace. They couldn't import effective insecticide for eliminating mosquito," he remarked.

About the flood situation, he said DAB teams under the leadership of their party's central relief committee would give treatment and medicines in the flood-stricken areas.

Fakhrul said they formed a committee, led by party Vice Chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo, to help flood-affected farmers.

Asked about the media report that their chairperson may go to Saudi Arabia on parole, the BNP leader said he has no idea about it. 

"We have not so far taken any step for her parole. We neither send any letter to this end nor talk to anybody about it," he said.

He said they would resume holding their party's divisional rallies after the Eid-ul-Azha to intensify their movement for having Khaleda Zia freed from jail.

BNP Standing Committee members Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Selima Rahman, and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku were present at the meeting.