June 28, 2022, 3:12 pm

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2022-06-01 20:20:07 BdST

Stern actions against bellow standard hospitals: Zahid Maleque

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque has warned of stern actions against bellow standard hospitals.

He came up with the warning at a anniversary programme of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on Wednesday.

The health minister said “The government is giving attention strictly to the private hospitals so that those institutions have good physicians and necessary equipment. Already, drives are going on. But we do not want to harass anyone.”  

He said, “ Around 11,000 diagnostic centres are working in the country to tackle ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But in recent times, question arise regarding the quality of many private hospitals and diagnostic centres. We will cooperate those who will do good performance. At the same time, we will not be with those who will cheat people. And legal actions will be taken against them.”  

He said Bangladesh has become a role model for controlling coronavirus as the country successfully handled three waves of the deadly virus.

"When almost the entire world was struggling to combat the lethal virus...we have taken multiple measures under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to protect lives of the people from the disease," he said.

The health minister said, "Bangladesh has so far inoculated nearly 260 million doses of vaccines."

He attributed the controlling of the third wave of COVID-19 that hit Bangladesh in mid-January this year, to the expansion of vaccination coverage including booster doses.

On May 26, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a notification to seal all unauthorised clinics and diagnostic centres across the country within 72 hours.

The health authority said legal action will be taken against the persons, who are involved in illegally running diagnostic centres and clinics.

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