The lack of proper masks, gowns and eye gear is imperiling the ability of medical workers to fight the coronavirus — and putting their own lives at risk
The High Court has issued a suo moto rule asking the authorities concerned why doctors, nurses and other front line medical workers providing services to coronavirus patients will not be declared “national heroes”.
The court also asked if, in the event of any of the health caregivers dying due to serving coronavirus patients, why they will not be entitled to state facilities in the same way as the family members of Liberation War martyrs or freedom fighters are entitled to them.
A High Court bench of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal and Justice Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir passed the order on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Pratikar Chakma confirmed the matter.
The latest development comes at a time when reports of an inadequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals are flooding the social media and mainstream news outlets in the country.
With coronavirus cases increasing across the world, medical doctors, nurses and other front-line medical workers in Bangladesh too are confronting a shortage of masks, surgical gowns and eye gear to protect themselves from the virus.
The deputy attorney general said the High Court had also issued yet another suo moto rule asking the government why adequate clean water will not be made available across the country in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
In a separate note, the High Court bench hoped that policemen, law enforcers and journalists who are working in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak will be provided with PPEs and other necessary tools by their respective offices at the earliest.