Corruption turns more dangerous than coronavirus: Menon

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:41, Mar 07,2020


Bangladesh Auto-rickshaw– Auto Tempo Paribahan Sramik Federation holds a special general meeting at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday. — New Age photo

Workers’ Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon on Friday said that corruption at different ministries had become more dangerous than coronavirus for Bangladesh.

Speaking at the annual congress of Bangladesh auto-rickshaw and auto-tempo transport workers federation at the National Press Club, he alleged that the people arriving at the county’s airports from many coronavirus-infected regions were not properly screened.

He said such entries made the countrymen vulnerable to this deadly disease that had already spread to more than 80 countries after its outbreak in China in December 2019.

Menon, also former minister of Awami League government, said that there was lack of appropriate medical equipment to detect corona-infected people at entry points, and the ministry of health should be held responsible for these inefficiencies.

‘The corruption of the health ministry is more dangerous than spread of coronavirus,’ he said.

Menon said that Bangladesh does not have capacity to tackle the deadly coronavirus if it starts spreading disease among the countrymen.

He said that the world had earlier witnessed the deaths of millions of people in many deadly diseases including cholera and chicken pox.

The Workers’ Party of Bangladesh president called for taking immediate measures to aware people, adding that the health ministry was indifferent to control dengue fever.

Referring to recent cases, he said that people were easily entering into Bangladesh from the infected countries including Singapore and they were not properly checked in the airport.

Menon expressed serious concern over road accidents that caused a large number of casualties.

He said that innocent people became victims of road accidents as the government policies were biased towards the transport owners. Many of the transport owners were police officers, he alleged.

Bangladesh auto-rickshaw and auto-tempo transport workers federation general secretary Golam Faruk, among others, also spoke at the congress.

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