TIB gave completely wrong information- Health Minister
Asraful Islam Asraf
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malek MP said, TIB’s report on the health sector was “false and misleading”. TIB’s report is full of misinformation. “Health Minister Zahid Malek MP said this while addressing a prayer mahfil on the occasion of the first death anniversary of Dr. Mahmud Monwar, Assistant Professor of National Heart Institute and Hospital, who was died in Corona War at National Heart Institute and Hospital in Dhaka.
Noting that TIB has been fabricating criticism of the health sector from sitting in an air-conditioned room, the health minister said, doctors, nurses and other frontline fighters of the country’s health sector have worked in the field. Sitting in an air-conditioned room, they criticized the health sector like memorization.
Referring to some criticisms made by the TIB, the health minister further said that the TIB has mentioned about the facility shortage of covid testing in the country.
However, the number of covid testing centers in the country has been increased from just 1 to 510. According to TIB, the number of corona beds in hospitals has not been increased, but now the number of corona beds in the country is more than 15,000.
A few days ago, about 1000 new covid dedicated beds were added in Dhaka North City Corporation Hospital, where almost all of them have access to central oxygen and half of them have ICU facilities.
TIB said, the number of ICU beds in the country has not increased. But since the beginning of Corona, the number of ICU beds in the country has been increased by 300 percent. Earlier, there were only 200 ICU beds in the country. And now the number of ICU beds is more than 1000. TIB has spoken of opacity in the vaccine purchase agreement with India, which is not true at all. Everything from the agreement with India was clear and open like clear water.
Everyone in the country knows what was in the agreement with India and why India could not comment on the rest of the agreement.
Allegations of corruption in the health sector have now become a ‘fashion’ for many, the health minister said, adding that “corruption in the health sector has become a fad now. “We have not been able to show any major corruption in the health sector. In this case, those who have committed irregularities in the health sector have been brought to justice under the law.”
At the meeting, the Health Minister wished peace to the soul of the late Dr Mahmud Monwar on the death anniversary of the martyred doctor and conveyed his condolences to his family.
Secretary of Health Services Lokman Hossain Mia, Director General of Health Department Prof ABM Khurshid Alam, Health Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Rokeya Sultana and other leaders were also present at the prayer mahfil presided over by Mir Jamal Uddin, Director, National Heart Institute.