BSS-31 Move of Eid homegoers tantamount to suicide: Maleque





Move of Eid homegoers tantamount to suicide: Maleque

DHAKA, May 10, 2021 (BSS) – Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque today said reckless move of people to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr amid coronavirus outbreak is tantamount to suicide.

“It is tantamount to suicide for those going to their village homes to celebrate Eid….A large of number of people are travelling one places to another places ignoring health rules,” he told a virtual meeting on “Doings of facing new Indian coronavirus variant.”

Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam and senior officials of different relevant organizations, among others, were present at the meeting with
Secretary of Health Service Division Lokman Hossain Mian in the chair.

Senior officials of civil administration of four divisions–
Rangpur, Khulna, Sylhet and Chattogram–attended the meeting.

Maleque said careless movement of people to celebrate Eid festival with their loved ones may spread faster in the country, an official release said.

Referring to the devastating situation of COVID-19 in India, he said huge numbers of people are dying in India due to infecting of new variant of coronavirus.

“New Indian variant has also affected badly Nepal… terrible situation has created there (Nepal) due to emergence of Indian new COVID-19 variant,” the health minister added.

Recently, new cases of Indian variant are found in Bangladesh, he said adding, “We have to be careful alongside imposing strict restriction to control the deadly virus.

Maleque urged officials of relevant departments in boarder areas to indentify the people, who traveled India recently and bring them under coronavirus test.

On May 8, Bangladesh confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19 Indian variant while four more cases are close to Indian variant.

Samples of eight people, who entered Bangladesh after traveling India, were tested by IEDCR (Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research) and Jashore University of Science and Technology, the DGHS said adding both IEDCR and Jashore University of Science and Technology found two case Indian variant and four are quite close to it.