PM urges all to properly follow directives on coronavirus

Published : 12 Mar 2020, 15:49

Jagoroniya Desk

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the countrymen to properly follow the directives on novel coronavirus, saying the government is making all-out efforts to keep the country free from the lethal virus.

“A panic has been created worldwide due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Though the deaths caused by the disease are not more, but (the extent of) panic is huge. So we’ll have to properly follow the instructions about the deadly disease to keep the country free from it,” she said.

The prime minister said this while inaugurating the countrywide cleanliness campaign titled “Parichchanna Gram, Paichchanna Shahar” (clean villages, clean towns) through a videoconference from her official Ganabhaban residence here this afternoon.

She said the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) is frequently disseminating bulletins to make the people aware on the coronavirus.

“All will have to abide by the directives (of the IEDCR), and then we’ll be able to protect the country from the onslaught of the virus,” the premier said.

Urging the people to always remain neat and clean, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is a victorious nation which earned independence though a liberation war.

“As a victorious nation, we want to move on the world stage by raising our head high. To achieve the goal, we’ll have to build the country beautifully and for this, cleanliness is necessary for all,” she said.

In this connection, the prime minister said the issue of cleanliness has been mentioned in our religion. “So we want the people of our country to always stay neat and clean … if we don’t remain neat and clean, the people of our surrounding areas cannot stay well and the outbreak of diseases will always be seen,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the country some times witness problems like the menace of dengue and other diseases.

“We launched the cleanliness drive to create mass awareness on this issue … we want the people of the country always to lead a healthy life,” she said.

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