PMO issues directives to negate rumours, check dengue

DHAKA, The Prime Minister Office (PMO) today issued a

set of directives asking concerned government agencies to launch a social

awareness campaign to negate rumours leading to fatal incidents and check

spread of dengue fever, a PM office spokesman said here.

The meeting asked concerned ministries and offices to create a social

resistance involving all the stakeholders including local communities to stop

spread of rumours and dengue menace, PM's speech writer Md Nazrul Islam told

a media briefing emerging from an inter-ministerial coordination meeting.

He said the directives were issued in line with instructions of Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on an official visit to the UK, from where she

was monitoring the current flood situation as well.

Islam said the premier simultaneously instructed the officials concerned to

minimise sufferings of the deluge victims alongside damages feared to be

caused by the flood.

He said representatives from the concerned ministries and city corporations

also came up with various opinions and spelled out their strategies to check

rumours, dengue and face the flood.

Principal Coordinator of SDG Affairs at the PMO Md Abul Kalam Azad and

Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Kazi

M Aminul Islam were, among others, who joined the meeting chaired by PMO

Secretary Sajjadul Hassan.

The PMO asked the authorities concerned of the two Dhaka city corporations

to strengthen their anti-mosquito drives to check dengue, the spokesman


It also instructed the health authorities to form a special medical team in

each city hospital to ensure smooth and proper treatment for the dengue

patients. Decision was also taken to observe a dengue awareness week from


The PMO asked all government officials to clean their respective offices

and to prevent dengue alongside motivating people to keep their residences

and neighbourhoods clean by removing stagnant clean water from different

pots, particularly flower tubes, air conditioner machines and refrigerators.


Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)