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Heatwave: Health Minister urges elderly, children to stay indoors

  • Specific guidelines issued during this heatwave
  • Educational institutions closed from April 21-27
Update : 20 Apr 2024, 04:10 PM

Amid the ongoing heatwave in the country, Health Minister Dr Samanta Lal Sen urged the elderly and children to refrain from going out unless necessary due to the intense heat.

He said this while inaugurating the nursing college building of Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) in Savar on Saturday afternoon.

“We have issued specific guidelines during this heatwave, which will be disseminated by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) everywhere. It's crucial for the elderly and children to minimize outdoor activities unless absolutely necessary. This directive will be effective immediately, and schools will be closed,” he added.

When asked whether he is facing any challenges while traveling to different places, he said: “My foremost challenge is ensuring healthcare accessibility for the general public. To achieve this, we need to enhance the facilities at health complexes and community clinics. It's imperative to ensure that healthcare services reach rural areas effectively.”

He also said that action will be taken after investigating the incident of fire at Shishu Hospital.

The government has decided to keep all primary, secondary schools, colleges and madrassas closed from April 21 to April 27 due to the heatwave sweeping over the country.

Earlier, the government directed to suspend daily assemblies at all its primary schools across the country until further notice due to the ongoing heatwave.

The Directorate of Primary and Mass Education issued a notification in this regard signed by Md Touhidul Islam, assistant director (Policy and Operations, Integrated Education), on Saturday.

Besides, the highest temperature of the country this year was recorded in Chuadanga at 41.3°C on Friday.

The district had also recorded the highest temperature across the country for the fourth straight day, according to Chuadanga Weather Observatory.

Adding to the woes of the people, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department on Friday said the ongoing heatwave is expected to continue for the next 72 hours.

It also issued a 72-hour heat alert nationwide as a heatwave is sweeping most parts of the country with intermittent rains and thundershowers in some places.

Similarly in June 2023, schools, colleges and madrassas were closed due to heatwave.

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