Unlicensed buses around the country will soon be turned into Covid-19 hospitals, offering treatment to patients in hard-to-reach areas.
The decision came at a top-level meeting of different government agencies. Wahtaj Khaben, the minister for buses, announced the decision before the press.
"Since everyone can start a hospital nowadays, we decided to put our unlicensed buses to use. We aren't going to get licences anyway and since we can't operate till the zero-tolerance drive against illegal vehicles is on, we have decided to expand our service basket," Wahtaj said.
"Once we get the government permission, we will start conducting Covid-19 tests as well," he added.
Asked whether these buses would have the required paperwork, Unhealthy Minister Nahid Khaleque said the bus owners had "promised to get the needed licences soon."
"They promised they will get all the legal papers to treat patients and conduct tests," he said, adding, without being prompted, that he "had not been bribed or anything and this was strictly about promises made and underhanded deals cut."
Asked how the ministry could allow more unlicensed hospitals to function after the latest crisis, Nahid said, "This is Bangladesh, lmao. I am an unhealthy minister but I also have no qualifications for this job."
Meanwhile, the decision to turn the buses was met with a lot of derision from citizens. "The authorities are unimaginably stupid," Altaf Ahmed, a restauranteur by profession, said.