Update April 3, 2020

Dhaka 3-16 am, 05-June, 2020

PM issues 31 directives amid the coronavirus situation

Mirajul Moin Joy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued on Thursday 31 directives, including in the case of consulting physicians there are Covid-19 symptoms without hiding those and not using personal protective equipment (PPE) by all, to curb coronavirus in the country.

“The Prime Minister has given the 31-point directive amid the coronavirus situation in the country,” said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim on Thursday night.

As per the directives, steps should be taken for coronavirus treatment and implementation awareness programs and there is no need for hiding anything if coronavirus symptoms surface and one needs to consult doctors, all should not go for wholesale use of PPE, rather it needs to To ensure PPE for all associated with the treatment process and adopt cautionary measures to keep all treatment equipment, including PPE and masks, free from viruses and ensure their proper disposal, special priority should be given to all doctors, nurses, lab technicians, cleaning workers and Ambulance drivers who are involved in the treatment of Covid-I9 disease and those in home-quarantine or isolation should be treated humanely.

Following health guidelines, including washing hands, using masks and maintaining social distancing regularly, providing naval ambulances in the riverine districts, continuing proper health checkups and medical care for other patients, senior cleanliness, strengthening cleanliness drivers in all city corporations, municipalities and upazila. Parishads across the country, paying attention to the law and order, working by all government officials, including the Health Services Division, administration, law enforcement agencies and Armed Forces, maintain proper coordination in this national disaster as well as among directives.

As per the other directives no corruption will be tolerated in relief activities, it will provide assistance to day laborers, workers and farmers so that they will not remain unfed and a separate list of poor working people will be prepared, social The safety net activities will have to be continued, proper attention will be given to the economic activities do not get stagnated, the food production system will continue to be, more varieties of crops will be produced, whatever is needed for food security. to be done and no land should be kept uncultivated.

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The directives also include maintaining a supply chain, continuing general activities and keeping control of the prices of essentials and suspending all celebration programs of the Bangla New Year in the public interest so that no public gathering takes place and instead digital celebration indoors.

Local public representatives, political leaders and all classes of people should work together, the administration will have to engage all people and together with the government, the affluent section and institutions of the society will carry out their relief and healthcare activities coordination with the deputy. Commissioners and upazila nirbahi officers, the directives say.

Distributing food by public representatives and upazila administration, creating a ward-based list of distressed people, paying special attention to the most disadvantaged people like farm workers, day-labourers, rickshaw and van-pullers, transport workers, beggars, street children, Women abandoned by husband, widows and transgender community and provided relief to them, taking necessary arrangements for senior citizens and children, following standing orders by all government employees and volunteer organizations regarding disasters, making necessary arrangements for monitoring on production, supply and regular marketing. Essential goods and not buying excessive products are being panicked as there is sufficient stock of all essential goods, including food grains, among the directives.

The rest of the five directives are continued cultivation by farmers and government incentives, keeping industries, business establishments and houses clean and continuing production through discussion with workers and their health safety.

Mention that media workers are playing a proper role in creating mass awareness, it said in the directives that a sharp eye will be kept so that no one can mislead people by spreading rumors and false information and spreading rumors. Stop and no heed can be paid to those.

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