Health minister under fire at JS

COVID-19 patients don’t need ventilator: Zahid Maleque

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 00:10, Jul 01,2020


Several opposition lawmakers demanded health minister Zahid Maleque’s removal for mismanagement in the health sector while the minster on Tuesday in parliament said that there was no need for ventilators for COVID-19 patients.

As the minister claimed that most patients who used the ventilator facility died and added that there was no crisis of ventilators for patients as only 50 ventilators of total 400 available ones were used so far during the crisis.

Several opposition lawmakers demanded the removal of the health minister.

They came up with the demand while taking part in a discussion on the ministry-wise allocation for the next fiscal at the parliament in the presence of the health minister Zahid Maleque.

Jatiya Party lawmaker Kazi Firoz Rashid said that he sees no necessity of health ministry and health department as prime minister is doing everything in this regard.

‘We would follow the prime minister’s directives as there was no coordination between the health ministry and the health department,’ he added.

He also urged the government to acquire all private hospitals and separately designate them as COVID and non-COVID facilities.

JP lawmaker Shameem Haider Patwary said that providing health service to 18 crore people of the country through the existing facilities will not be possible.

He said that non-medical background people were leading the health sector and as a result there was no health database in the country.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker M Harunur Rashid said that the health sector should be reorganised.

He said that the delay in testing and providing test report is one of the major reasons for the spread of COVID-19 in Bangladesh.

The non-coordination between the health ministry and the health department should be addressed immediately, he urged.

JP lawmaker Pir Fazlur Rahman urged the prime minister to replace the health ministry by Matia Chowdhury as people are no more want to see Zahid Maleque as a health minister.

JP reserved seat lawmaker Rowshan Ara Mannan demanded an explanation form the health minister about the corruption in the health sector and preparation of the ministry to handle the COVID-19 situation.

JP lawmaker M Mujibul Haque urged the prime minister to make treatment of ministers, lawmakers and government officials’ in government hospitals mandatory.

He also demanded action against JMI Group for providing sub-standard personal protective equipment for physicians and other health services providers.

The health minister claimed that no corruption incidents were taking place in the ministry and there was no lack of coordination between the departments and the ministry.

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