PMO issues directives to negate rumours, check dengue


DHAKA, July 24, 2019 (BSS) – The Prime Minister Office (PMO) today issued a
set of directives asking concerned government agencies to launch a social
awareness campaign to negate rumours leading to fatal incidents and check
spread of dengue fever, a PM office spokesman said here.

“The meeting asked concerned ministries and offices to create a social
resistance involving all the stakeholders including local communities to stop
spread of rumours and dengue menace,” PM’s speech writer Md Nazrul Islam told
a media briefing emerging from an inter-ministerial coordination meeting.

He said the directives were issued in line with instructions of Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on an official visit to the UK, from where she
was monitoring the current flood situation as well.

Islam said the premier simultaneously instructed the officials concerned to
minimise sufferings of the deluge victims alongside damages feared to be
caused by the flood.

He said representatives from the concerned ministries and city corporations
also came up with various opinions and spelled out their strategies to check
rumours, dengue and face the flood.

Principal Coordinator of SDG Affairs at the PMO Md Abul Kalam Azad and
Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Kazi
M Aminul Islam were, among others, who joined the meeting chaired by PMO
Secretary Sajjadul Hassan.

“The PMO asked the authorities concerned of the two Dhaka city corporations
to strengthen their anti-mosquito drives to check dengue,” the spokesman

It also instructed the health authorities to form a special medical team in
each city hospital to ensure smooth and proper treatment for the dengue
patients. Decision was also taken to observe a dengue “awareness week” from

The PMO asked all government officials to clean their respective offices
and to prevent dengue alongside motivating people to keep their residences
and neighbourhoods clean by removing stagnant clean water from different
pots, particularly flower tubes, air conditioner machines and refrigerators.