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Health DG’s coronavirus-related remarks irresponsible: Quader

Published 11:06 pm | June 19, 2020

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Online desk : Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has heavily come down on the DGHS Director General Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad for his comment on duration of the coronavirus pandemic.
He also termed the DG’s comment short-sighted and irresponsible.

Obaidul Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with his anger in a press briefing through video conferencing from his residence on Friday.

The coronavirus crisis in Bangladesh is not going away anytime soon and it may take at least two to three years to disappear, said Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Earlier on Thursday at the daily COVID-19 health bulletin, Dr Abul Kalam Azad said the coronavirus crisis in Bangladesh may take at least two to three years to disappear.

The minister said, “When the prime minister and the government are striving day and night to keep people’s spirits up, such short-sighted and irresponsible statements on the length of the coronavirus epidemic from certain health officials can create despair among the public,” reports

Azad’s comments came at a time when Bangladesh is grappling with surging COVID-19 cases and deaths. The tally of cases crossed the grim milestone of 100,000 in just over three months after the authorities detected the first patient on Mar 8. The government reported half of the cases in the past 16 days.

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