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PM: Stay alert, keep surroundings clean to prevent dengue

  • Published at 02:17 pm August 18th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanges post-Eid greetings with officials of Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday, August 18, 2019 Focus Bangla

She asked PMO officials to monitor the physical works of development projects right after the recession of floodwater

Terming the dengue outbreak a big problem, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged people to keep their houses and surroundings clean to prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.

“The dengue prevalence is still there…it was believed that these elite Aedes mosquitoes are seen in posh areas… now they have spread elsewhere …to many districts. So, we will have to remain more alert about it," she added.

Sheikh Hasina said this while exchanging Eid greetings with officials at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Sunday.

Dengue is not only seen in Bangladesh, but also in many neighbouring countries in South Asia and even South East Asia, the premier said.

In other countries like the Philippines, it has turned epidemic forcing them to declare emergency, she added.

The prime minister extended thanks to her office as it has always been active over the dengue issue.

She said the Health Ministry, the Local Government Ministry and all other agencies concerned remain active to deal with the dengue problem.

The city corporations have also been trying to rein in the dengue, Sheikh Hasina said adding that all the authorities concerned have taken proper measures to deal with the problem.

About the country’s economic progress, the prime minister said the GDP growth reached 8.1%, and the government has fixed a target in the national budget for the current fiscal year to achieve an 8.2% growth. The government has a target to reach double digits, she added.

Mentioning that it is tough to accelerate the GDP growth from 8%, the premier directed the government officials to work harder to do that.

The prime minister also stressed the need for the revival of some pro-people programs like "Ghore Phera Project," "Shanti Nibash Project," and "Oboshor Project" introduced by her previous governments.

“We had taken these schemes for the welfare of the people. But their tenures have expired. So, we will have to re-launch the projects in the interest of people,” she said.

While talking about her government’s steps for curbing corruption, the premier said those who take and give bribe are both equally guilty.“ We could have accomplished many works faster if steps had been taken keeping that in mind.”

She asked her office to strengthen its monitoring so that the physical works on development projects can be started right after the recession of floodwater.

"Since we have a good set-up, I think our office will have to strengthen the monitoring so that every ministry can prioritize works holding meetings right now.... and we can start the physical works (on the development projects taken for this fiscal year) immediately after the flood," she said.

She said the PMO should give a special attention to taking preparations so that the projects can be implemented timely.

Noting that the government has undertaken various development projects in the current budget, Sheikh Hasina said different ministries should now prioritize works as per the development projects keeping it in mind that they get time to take preparations during flood.

The prime minister said the country witnesses flood every year right after the national budget is placed. “So, paper work on the development projects can be completed during the flood period.”