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PM: Boost Covid-19 testing at all ports of entry

  • Published at 12:41 pm November 1st, 2020
File photo: A health worker uses a nasal swab to collect a sample, for Covid-19 testing, from a woman at the Suchona Community Centre, one of seven designated sample collection locations set up by DNCC, at Mohammadpur, Dhaka on Saturday, May 23, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The prime minister thinks it is time to maintain the 21 directives which the government imposed earlier

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to boost up Covid-19 tests again in all airports and land ports of Bangladesh to protect people from the possible new wave of the deadly virus.

“The time has come once again to make sure proper screening and (compulsory) quarantine of the returnees from abroad. Measures as taken before would have to be put in place again at each of the airports and other ports across the country to confirm whether anyone is entering the country with coronavirus,” she said.

The prime minister said this while addressing a function as the chief guest marking the “Bangabandhu National Youth Day-2020” organized by the Youth and Sports Ministry from her official Ganabhaban residence through a video conference on Sunday afternoon.

The new wave of Covid-19 outbreak has spread all across the globe and many European countries, including England, have imposed lockdowns again, said the prime minister.

“We all need to be safe and wear mask when we go outside or meet someone,” she added.

The prime minister said that she thinks it is time to maintain the 21 directives which the government imposed earlier after the first wave of Covid-19 in Bangladesh.

“From now on, we need to test every passenger coming from abroad and once we have the results, the Covid-19 positive people will be sent to the quarantine cells,” she added.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said many countries of the Europe have witnessed massive surge of the Covid-19 and was forced to introduce lockdown system again.

The premier however reminded all that they had earlier announced 31 points directives when the coronavirus was first approaching towards Bangladesh last March following its outbreak in Europe.

She continued that they had also announced 21 stimulus packages of Taka 1,12,633 crore mainly to keep running the country’s economy facing the worldwide stalemate due to the outbreak of the Covid-19, BSS reported.

“The world has got stuck due to the pandemic. We are taking all the measures bearing in mind that our economy isn’t stuck because of the lethal virus. For that reason, the country’s economy is still functioning. Many developed countries even can’t do this,” she said.

State Minister for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP, handed over Bangabandhu National Youth Award that included cash, certificate and crest to twenty one successful self-employed youths and five successful youth organisers in recognition to their exemplary contribution to creating employment for others at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium here.

Commemorative stamps and envelopes were also unveiled on the occasion of Bangabandhu National Youth Day-2020 which is being observed across the country with the theme of “Mujib Borsho er Ahoban, Jubo Karmasangsthan”.

‘Stay away from drugs’

The prime minister urged the youths to stay away from drug, militancy and terrorism, reiterating her government’s tougher stance against the social menaces.

“There is a scope to make some quick buck by getting yourselves involved in drug, militancy and terrorism. But remember, there is no security of life there. And keep it in mind that our stance against the misdeeds will be tougher,” she cautioned the youths.

Describing the youths as the country’s guardians of the future, the PM called upon the young generation to be patriotic and dutiful and good human beings, saying that today’s youths can take the country to a desired level of development by utilizing their talents.

“We have a target to build our youths infusing the ideology of Father of the Nation,” she said.

She said that they have established Karmosangsthan Bank, Probashi Kallyan Bank, Palli Sanchoy Bank, and SME Foundation mainly to create scopes for the youths to take loan to initiate a business enterprise instead of running after the jobs at home and abroad.

The premier said they have attached priority to technical education as youths having technical education have the chance to get jobs at home and abroad.

All the measures that the government has been taking is to give the future generation a better and dignified life so that they could build the country as a developed and prosperous one free from hunger and poverty envisioned by the Father of the Nation.

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