Corona patients being ‘deprived of treatment’: BNP

Dhaka, June 17 – BNP on Wednesday alleged that most hospitals in the country lack necessary protective measures and manpower to deal with coronavirus patients. “Those who are infected with coronavirus are not getting proper healthcare services from hospitals for lack of necessary protective measures and manpower,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Rahul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a human-chain programme, he further said, “Treatment is being hampered as 71% of hospitals do not have necessary protective measures to deal with corona…about 86 percent of nurses are not trained to handle such patients. So, the virus-infected people are not getting proper services at the hospitals.”
The BNP leader said the national budget placed last week also does not have any guideline to resolve these problems in the health sector.
“The callousness of the government has been exposed in the budget. Though the health sector is now the most important one, the normal allocation has been made for it instead of giving a special focus on it,” Rizvi observed.
Future of Bangladesh, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club protesting the national budget for the next fiscal year.
Rizvi said though the country has been in a serious pandemic, the budget was not framed giving the main focus on saving people and their lives.
“There’re no ventilators, oxygen and masks at the hospitals, and there’s no outline in the budget either to overcome this situation. “In fact, this budget was formulated to fool people,” he observed.
The BNP leader said the coronavirus situation has taken a serious turn in the country only because of the government’s incompetence and failures. – UNB