BNP MPs lambast government for mismanagement in tackling Covid-19 in Bangladesh
BNP MPs Harunur Rashid and Rumeen Farhana in parliament today lambasted the government for its poor handling and mismanagement in tackling the Covid-19 situation in the country.
Rumeen said the present government is dependent on bureaucrats and is behaving extremely recklessly and excessively.
She also demanded that the case against The Daily Prothom Alo journalist Rozina Islam be withdrawn immediately in the interest of freedom of thought, speech and expression and for free media.
Rumeen, also an opposition whip questioned what action has been taken against those who detained and humiliated Rozina for six hours.
"If there are various restrictions on media outlets for publishing truthful report, then no media outlet can function independently, and that is why Bangladesh ranks 152nd out of 180 countries in the world free media index. Even Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Uganda are above us in the index," she also said.
Participating in the discussion on the supplementary budget, Harun said Bangladesh has become a victim of international politics regarding the Covid-19 vaccine.
He said China and Russia had offered to carry out a trial of the Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh. "But why was that not done?"
"That's why getting the Covid-19 vaccine from China became uncertain." Indian variant had spread because the government had failed to provide enough security measures at the bordering districts, alleged Harun.
As Covid-19 infection has increased in Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore and other bordering areas have increased, there should be at least 100-bed hospital arranged in those districts. Otherwise, people will die on the streets, said Harun
He also said there is no specific guideline for giving the Covid-19 vaccine in the budget.