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BNP: Health sector collapsed due to corruption

Fakhrul says it is not possible to deal with a serious crisis like the pandemic without a democratic government

Update : 05 May 2021, 09:36 PM

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that the health sector has collapsed amid coronavirus pandemic due to widespread corruption and irregularities, putting the entire nation in danger.

"On one hand, they’re lying about Covid-19 tests and indulging in corruption and irregularities over treatment on the other, leaving the country in jeopardy,” he said.

He came up with the allegation while inaugurating an app developed by Ziaur Rahman Foundation to provide healthcare services to coronavirus-infected patients.

The BNP leader said: “We saw a few days ago that two hospitals have disappeared. The health sector has collapsed due to widespread corruption in the health ministry during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Fakhrul said the government has announced stimulus packages to ensure people’s livelihoods and tackle the Covid fallouts. “But they’re resorting to corruption there as well. No arrangement has been made for easing the public sufferings.”

He said the government is hardly concerned about ensuring people’s livelihoods and security of their lives since it has no accountability.  “The government has completely become isolated from people. The entire nation has been suffering due to the irresponsibility of the current regime.”

The BNP leader alleged that the coronavirus has spread in the country due to the government’s extreme incompetence and ignorance since the beginning of the pandemic. "Unfortunately, no effective step has so far been taken by the government to ensure proper treatment of the Covid patients and develop the treatment system.”

He said it is not possible to deal with a serious crisis like the pandemic without a democratic government. “We need to establish a democratic governing system and a democratic government and parliament to ensure accountability and state responsibility towards people.

Stating that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia has been receiving treatment at a city hospital for her serious illness, Fakhrul urged all to pray for her speedy recovery.

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