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‘No rumor will be allowed about coronavirus’- Zahid Malek

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Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka | 19 February 2020, 05:16PM

‘No rumor will be allowed about coronavirus’- Zahid Malek
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malek, Photo: Barta24.com

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malek said no rumors would be allowed to spread about the coronavirus.

He said this while visiting the new building of the newly constructed Department of Nursing in Mohakhali in the capital on Wednesday (Feb. 19).

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malek said, "A section of people are trying to spread some false rumors which is not desirable in any way. Beginning from eating chicken, using masks, and return of healthy people back home, they are trying to spread rumors." The Coronavirus is being updated daily with the Health Department and discussing about measures to do. There can not be any false rumors and any person or organization other than the direction of the Health Department of any kind will not be allowed to listen to."

Replying to the question of how far the health sector is prepared to prevent coronavirus, the health minister said, "The health sector is now fully prepared to prevent the coronavirus. In the meantime, more than 2 lakh people have been screened at all the entrances of the country. There are around 72 doubtful people returning from abroad, but after examination no one was found infected. No person has been infected in the country. And even if no infected patient goes away for some reason, the health sector of the country has all kinds of compelling preparations for anybody’s treatment."

Stating that the number of nurses entering the nursing profession every year, the health minister added, "There are 376 nursing institutes in the country, both government and private. On average, about 20,000 nurses are coming out every year. The institutions have to be brought under the policy of the government. The importance of the Department of Nursing is to fully adhere to government policies of the institutions and to further modernize the nursing uniforms. Almost the new building’s entire infrastructure is finished. If all goes well, it will be possible to start activities in the building next month.

The Health Minister later visited the newly constructed building and gave necessary directions. Among others Secretary of the Department of Health Education Ali Noor, Director General of Nursing Directorate Siddika Akhter and officials of the Ministry and the Department were present during the visit.