Friday, June 19th, 2020

Health DG regrets for remarks that Covid-19 to linger 2 to 3 years more

Published 11:04 pm | June 19, 2020

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Online desk ; Directorate General of Health Services Director General Abul Kalam Azad has regretted his ‘two to three year linger of Covid-19 in Bangladesh’ remarks amid widespread criticism.
In a video message sent to the media Friday evening, he said, “My yesterday’s statement created confusion. I’m regretting the unexpected incident.”

“It was a scripted statement, but I could not check the script before reading it out due to some business,” he said.

“But I later realised that it would create confusion,” he said.

“DGHS always hopes for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic from Bangladesh and from the rest of the world,” Azad said.

“But there should not be any lack in our mental strength, preparation and cautions,” he added.

“World Health Organisation suggests that we have to create a new normal with Covid-19 and our life style have to make fit with it and as the DG of DGHS, I just want to give this message,” he said.

“I hope this explanation would help understand this by the media and other people,” he concluded.

Azad, who also recovered from Covid-19 recently, said on Thursday during the online bulletin on Covid-19 that ‘The global experience and experts opinion suggest that the coronavirus situation will not coming to an end in one-two or three months.’

“It may linger two to three years and even more, although the severity of infections might decrease,” he said.

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