Bangladesh has achieved success in curbing Covid-19: Health Minister
Health Minister Zahid Maleque today said Bangladesh has achieved success in containing coronavirus when many other countries, including India, UK and USA, have failed to do so.
"There was no death due to lack of oxygen in our country but India went through this," the health minister said while addressing, as chief guest, an orientation programme for the newly recruited junior consultants (Anesthesiology) at Dhaka's Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
He said the number of Covid-19 infections has been decreasing in Bangladesh. "But if health guidelines are not followed properly, infection could surge again at any time," he said.
"Covid-19 is now under control in the country. It wasn't possible through any sort of magic; it took the combined efforts of doctors and everyone else," he said.
As the situation has improved, educational institutions reopened, the minister said, adding that Bangladesh's financial conditional has also improved significantly.
The minister said the country is experiencing a shortage of anesthesiologists, so new consultants are appointed in a short period of time. More anesthesiologists will be appointed in future to tackle the crisis, he said.
He also stated that there will be no vaccine shortage in Bangladesh as 1.5 crore vaccines will be delivered this month.
At the programme, Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, director general (Health) of DGHS, said in a first, 409 anesthesiologists have been appointed in Bangladesh at a time.
Additional Director General Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Additional Director General Nasima Sultana, Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Sharfuddin Ahmed, and Secretary General of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad MA Aziz were also present at the event.