Govt discouraging citizens from COVID-19 test: BNP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:18, Jul 04,2020 | Updated: 02:00, Jul 05,2020


Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday alleged that the government was discouraging the citizens about COVID-19 testing.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the allegation at a virtual press briefing from the party central office at capital’s Naya Paltan and criticised the government for imposing fees for COVID-19 test.

The government in a circular on June 29 said that Tk 200 would be charged for each test, while Tk 500 to be charged if the service provider goes to the patient’s house for collecting sample.

Rizvi alleged that the government had taken such an anti-people decision when citizens were facing serious financial and food crisis and that poor people would not be able to diagnose their disease which would aggravate the situation.

‘The treatment during pandemic is never done at individual’s initiative. The state is responsible for coronavirus treatment,’ he said, referring to instances of poor countries like Afghanistan and Burkina Faso where tests are done free of cost.

‘Almost all the governments have been sending volunteers door to door to collect sample for tests. They have taken initiatives to encourage people for conducting tests. But the rulers of our country have made the pandemic an occasion of making profit,’ he alleged.

The BNP leader alleged that the government was not controlling the private hospitals charging Tk 5,000 to Tk 6,000 instead of the government set fee of Tk 3,500 for the test.

The BNP leader demanded expanding COVID-19 test facility at all district and upazila levels and urged to take assistance from all concerned, including army.

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