The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday demanded that the recently resigned director general of health Abul Kalam Azad should be brought to justice for reported irregularities and corruption in the health sector.
The party also demanded removal of health minister Zahid Maleque for his failure in tackling COVID-19 crisis.
The party alleged that the COVID-19 testing forgery had tarnished the image and reputation of the country and the government could not evade the responsibility of the scam.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the demand in an online press conference against the backdrop of Tuesday’s resignation of health directorate DG amid different allegations, including fake COVID-19 test reports by different hospitals, including Regent Hospital and JKG Healthcare, in Dhaka.
‘We think that the DG should be brought to justice and, at the same time, the health minister should resign,’ Fakhrul said.
He said that all the officials involved in the corruption should be sacked.
He said that the licence of most of the hospitals dedicated for COVID-19 treatment had expired and corruption began since the very outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
‘It appears that COVID-19 had appeared as blessing for the people close to the government. The Corruption began through providing personal protection equipment, masks and medicines,’ he alleged.
‘The corruption is high even in procurement of health safety equipment during the COVID-19 situation. The government cannot avoid its responsibility,’ he said.
He also criticised the health minister’s presence in the agreement signing programme with Regent Hospital though instances of minister’s presence at such type of programmes were rare.
‘The COVID-19 response programme faltered for the lack of coordination, and indecision, recklessness and wrong steps,’ he said and alleged that the situation worsened because the government preferred tackling the situation from a party’s stance rather than an inclusive mentality.
The BNP leader said that thousands of forged COVID-19 test reports issued by Regent Hospital and JKG Healthcare had tarnished the image of the country.
‘It is going to affect the country’s economy adversely,’ he said and explained that the expatriates were facing problems while foreign investment and international trade with Bangladesh would witness an adverse impact of the falsification of coronavirus test reports by the people close to the government.
He stressed the need of establishing people’s government through a free and fair election.
The BNP leader claimed that BNP had so far distributed food aids among 58.57 lakh families.
BNP standing committee member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, vice-chairman AZM Zahid Hossain, party chairperson’s advisor Farhad Halim Donner and party joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal were present.
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