Integrated efforts to reach COVID-19 responses to marginal people stressed


RAJSHAHI, Aug 12, 2020 (BSS)- All the existing COVID-19 responses should be reached to the marginal and other worst infected people properly to mitigate their livelihood related hardships, caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Various government and non-government entities are extending relief materials to the affected population besides health protective gear and equipment to the front-fighters since the pandemic began.

In this context, there is a need for close coordination and supervision by the government and non-government entities so that all the targeted people can derive total benefits of the COVID-19 responses properly for their wellbeing.

Members of the civil society, government officials, professional leaders, development activists and social watchdogs came up with the observations while taking part in an online advocacy meeting today.

Light House, an NGO, hosted the meeting styled “COVID-19 Response towards Marginal People at Rajshahi District” in association with Counterpart International with financial support from USAID and UKaid.

Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, addressed the meeting as chief guest while Prof Iliash Hossain from the Department of Economics in Rajshahi University spoke as focal person.

Among 38 participants, Regional Election Officer Faridul Islam, Deputy Director of Department of Women Affairs Shobnom Shirin, Public Health Expert Dr Chinmoy Kanti Das and Social Watchdog Ahmed Safi Uddin spoke on the occasion moderated by Harun-or-Rashid, Chief Executive of Light House.

USAID Representative Sumona Masud, Deputy Chief of Party of Counterpart International Shahid Hossain and Senior Programme Specialist Syed Sultan Chand also spoke on the occasion.

Various relevant issues like how to expedite the government stimulus package like cash allowance and safety net program and inclusion of all excluded groups in the program were discussed elaborately in the meeting.