Dhaka – The High Court has asked the government to inform it in four days about the measures taken to prevent the spread of new coronavirus that killed more than 3,000 people across the globe.
The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order on Thursday asking the officials concerned to report back by Monday as to what are the measures so far the government has taken to save its people.
More than 94,000 people are contacted the pathogen since its outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. The virus has been spread in at least 73 countries, including neighbouring India. Italy, Iran, Japan and South Korea are among the most affecting counties.
The court also wanted to know whether the machines used for screening people have the capability or those tasked with screening are trained.
The Health Ministry and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) were also asked to take necessary preparations including separate cabins for coronavirus patients at all government and private hospitals.
It also asked the government to import necessary medical equipment for identifying coronavirus patients at all hospitals and ports on emergency basis.
Lawyer Ishrat Zahan brought the issue before the court’s attention citing media reports that Bangladesh lacks preparedness in handling spread of coronavirus once it enters into the country. Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.