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Health Minister: 2,000 more doctors to be appointed to tackle Covid-19

The minister said that the Chinese delegates were satisfied with Bangladesh’s efforts to fight Covid-19 

Update : 22 Jun 2020, 05:11 PM

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said if the number of Covid-19 patients continues to soar, the government will take steps to appoint additional 2,000 physicians to contain the crisis.

The minister made the statement in a press briefing at the VIP lounge of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA), as he came there to bid farewell to the 10 delegates from China, on Monday morning.

“Besides this, recruitment of medical technologists is also underway. In the future, the government will take the necessary steps by considering the coronavirus situation of the country,” he added.

Addressing the increasing number of coronavirus cases across the country, the minister said: “The rate at which the number of Covid-19 patients is increasing, if people are still not aware, all the hospitals will be filled with Covid-19 patients soon.”

He also emphasized on more budget allocation in the health sector to fight the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Talking about the visit of the Chinese delegation, he said: “The Chinese team is satisfied with Bangladesh's work to fight Covid-19. However, the delegation also informed the government that there is room for improvement in some other areas.” 

“In the upcoming days, we will work more in those identified areas,” he added.

Besides, the minister also said that China is working to develop a coronavirus vaccine and the Chinese government has said Bangladesh will get priority in terms of cooperation and support if they can successfully develop a vaccine for the deadly virus.

Zahid Maleque said: “China is working on a coronavirus vaccine. There is a lot of progress in their work. The Chinese government said if this vaccine is discovered, it will be sent to Bangladesh on a priority basis.

“Bangladesh stood beside China when the outbreak happened there and in the light of that generosity, the Chinese government will extend their helping hand to Bangladesh first.”

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo also confirmed the matter in the same press briefing. 

Earlier on Sunday, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Hualong Yan assured it too.

‘Enough test kits available’

Answering quarries regarding the availability of Covid-19 test kits, Zahid Maleque said that the government has taken steps to meet the demand and so there is no reason to worry about kits.

“There should not be a shortage, as enough kits have been stocked already. Even if there is a crisis for any reason, the government is ready to take the steps to resolve it as soon as possible.”

“So, there is no reason to worry about kits at this moment, " he added.

Besides, Prof Abul Kalam Azad, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), also spoke at the press briefing. 

Representatives of the Chinese delegation and high officials of the health sector were also present at the briefing.

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