The health minister did not go abroad without permission, says Quader
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the prevailing dengue situation is alarming and difficult to deal with, but not out of control yet.
He made the remarks while delivering his speech at a photo show organized by Bangladesh Awami Jubo League at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka on Thursday.
“According to media reports, some 17,000 people have been infected with dengue virus in the country," he said.
"And 13,000 of them have already gotten back home after receiving medical treatment. You can say the situation is epidemic or whatever, but we are working to face the situation recognizing the reality,” said Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.
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The minister said: “We have taken this as a challenge. We will confront the situation under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
He said they are all worried about the situation: “The PM is concerned. She is receiving treatment in London; yet she is constantly consulting us and giving us directives.”
When the health minister was abroad, his ministry’s activities did not stop, Quader said: “Instructions can now be given on mobile phones."
"The health minister may go abroad for an emergency work; he did not go without permission. One minister is not the full of a ministry. He has already returned home," Quader said.
Quader said there was nothing unique in dengue cases in Bangladesh as it has spread in many other countries across the world.