Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured the people that the government has paid special attention to keep them safe from coronavirus amid apprehensions of deterioration of the situation in winter.
She said the government will procure a vaccine as soon as it is available and has already paid in advance to get the vaccine once it is ready.
"We've given special attention to how to secure people [from coronavirus] putting aside other issues … So, the people of the country don't need to be anxious," she said while opening various development projects, including three bridges, in Magura, Narayanganj, Jashore and Pabna via video conference from the Gono Bhaban.
Hasina said another wave of coronavirus is coming worldwide and the government is taking its preparations from now to face that.
She again urged everyone to follow health instructions. "Keep yourself protected and keep others protected," she said, adding that it is a shared responsibility.
The PM said the government and the people now have the experience of facing Covid-19.
"We firmly believe that we'll be able to do that [successfully tackling a second wave]," she said.
Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
Although the PM has been warning of a second wave, the people still appear reluctant to follow health guidelines.
The government has recently adopted a "no mask, no service" policy and launched a drive to ensure the use of masks by people.
OPENING OF BRIDGES
Talking about the newly constructed bridges in Magura, Narayanganj and Jashore, Hasina said the socio-economic condition of the people will improve with the developed communication system.
She said after coming to power, the Awami League government has built a huge communication network in the country.
"As a result, today our economy is very much active, we've started so many projects, Inshallah we'll complete them," she said.
Hasina said the newly constructed bridges in Jashore, Magura and Narayanganj would make the economy stronger, while communications and transportation of goods would be easier.
These will also play a very significant role for the socio-economic development of the respective areas and alleviating poverty from the region, she opined.
The PM said the Padma bridge would make communication networks easier with other parts of the country as the newly constructed bridges were open to traffic yesterday.
Besides, every region, particularly the southern part of the country, would be more developed once the construction of the mega project is completed.
Hasina said as a political party, the AL always worked with a far-sighted economic plan and it implemented all the plans undertaken in light of the directives in the constitution.
As a result, the people get good results of the initiatives of the AL government, she said.
Hasina said her government could not implement all of its development plans due to the coronavirus pandemic this year.
But the coordinated efforts of all, including administration, police, BGB, Rab, and the Armed Forces, made it possible to keep the economy running, she said and extended her sincere thanks to all concerned for their efforts.
LGRD Minister M Tajul Islam and LGRD Secretary Helaluddin Ahmad also spoke joining the event through video conference from the cabinet division at the secretariat while businessman Anjan Chowdhury also spoke at the programme from Pabna.
Earlier, the PM inaugurated a number of newly constructed development projects through video conferencing from the Gono Bhaban.
The projects include newly constructed Sheikh Hasina Bridge over the Madhumati river at Angkhali ghat of Magura's Mohammadpur, Muktijoddha Golam Dastogir Gazi (Bir Protik) Bridge over the Shitalakkhya river in Narayanganj, and a bridge over the Bhairab river connecting Amtala GC via Maricha, Nauli Bazar road from Bhangagate (Badamtala) of Jashore-Khulna highway in Jashore's Abhoynagar and Bir Muktijoddha Rafiqul Islam Bakul Shadhinota Square in Pabna.