Government blasted for failure in tackling dengue, flood

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 30,2019


Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Gono Forum and Nagarik Oikya on Monday alleged that the government had totally failed to combat Dengue and start relief effort for the flood-hit people.

Leaders of the opposition parties, in three separate programmes in Dhaka, came down heavily on the Dhaka mayors and and the health minister for their sardonic comment over the Dengue outbreak.

The leaders made the allegations when Dengue spread in 49 districts of the country, over 13,000 infected and 39 people died of Dengue fever and the flood affected parts of 28 districts affecting over 50,00,000 people directly and claiming lives of over 100 people.

Leaders of Gono Forum, addressing a sit-in in front of the National Press Club protesting against the Dengue menace, and incidents of murders and rapes across the country, demanded resignation of the two mayors.

Abu Sayeed, an executive president of the party, alleged that there was corruption in buying insecticide to destroy mosquito and that the government was failed in all sectors.

He alleged that this was happening as the government was not democratic and dependant on bureaucrats and law enforcement agencies, not on the people.

He alleged that the government did not respond need of the affected people in the north-eastern areas though the victims were suffering for more than three weeks.

Demanding resignation of the two Dhaka mayors, another executive president of GF, Subrata Chowdhury, said that though the country was passing tough time due to flood and Dengue, the chief of the government was staying abroad

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to London on July 19 on an official visit to the United Kingdom and is expected to return home on August 5.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, addressing  a programme organised by Jatiyatabadi Sangskritik Sangstha at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, alleged that the government was ignoring all the issues terming those to be ‘rumours’ to hide its failure while the country was witnessing massive Dengue and flood.

Terming Dengu and flood as the crucial problems of the country, Mosharraf, also a former health minister, said, ‘Health minister and two mayors of Dhaka failed to tackle the situation.’

Nagarik Oikya, in an emergency meeting presided over by its convener Mahmudur Rahma Manna in the afternoon, urged the government to refrain from deceiving people and not to mention the prime minister during the party’s failure in carrying out its duties, according to a press release. 

The party demanded that the government sets up camps at every ward of the city with a view to controlling mosquito infestation and to providing free lab test and treatment to Dengue patients.

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