Govt. providing necessary supports to people to face COVID-19: Maleque

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DHAKA, Nov 1, 2020 (BSS) – Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque today said the government is providing all necessary supports to the people to deal the COVID-19 pandemic successfully.

“The government has fixed nominal fee for coronavirus test….and we are providing healthcare services to the COVID-19 patients for free,” he told a meeting at his ministry here, an official release said.

Maleque said the government is spending Taka 15,500 for coronavirus patients of general beds while Taka 47,000 for those who are taking treatment from ICU units. As a results, people in the country have been able to protect themselves from the deadly virus, he added.

The health minister said Bangladesh is well equipped to face possible second wave of COVID-19 as the country is handling the pandemic successfully.

“Bangladesh has achieved adequate capacity through taking all necessary initiatives to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak,” he added.

Maleque said Bangladesh is keeping close contact with those companies, which are at final stage of COVID-19 vaccine development.

Many countries are working frantically for COVID-19 vaccine development campaign… But nine companies are at final stage in the race of vaccine development. We are keeping constant communication with five companies to get effective vaccines at the quickest possible time,” he added.

The health ministry sources said since the first detection of coronavirus patients in month of March this year, the government has taken various effective measures including recruitment of doctors, nurses and medical technologists to fight the deadly virus.

When almost the entire world is struggling to control coronavirus situation, Bangladesh has been able to contain the outbreak of coronavirus, it added.

It also said Bangladesh witnessed lower COVID-19 fatality rate as the government has taken multiple preventive measures to deal with the pandemic.

Bangladesh has been lauded globally as the government is effectively handling the coronavirus with 1.45 percent death rate from the deadly disease, the ministry added.

The government has taken all necessary preparations including financial capabilities to collect effective and safe vaccine soon after COVID-19 vaccine development by any company in the world.