BNP has alleged the coronavirus situation in the country has gone 'out of control of the government' due to its failure to contain the virus transmission effectively.
The standing committee of the party came up with the statement during its meeting on Saturday. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir held a press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Sunday to convey the stance of their highest policymaking body, reports UNB.
“Our standing committee meeting thinks that the corona situation is out of the control of the government. The way the government is trying to contain the corona transmission is nothing but a farce with people,” Fakhrul said.
He slammed the government for inflicting suffering on the needy and poor people by enforcing a lockdown in an unplanned way.
“The government's lockdown game to contain corona’s delta variant is a tragic joke with people. They initially announced lockdown, then severe lockdown and then relaxed lockdown while strict lockdown again a day after the Eid. It seems that all government's decisions are coming from Pabna’s Hemayetpur,” Fakhrul quipped.
The BNP leader said people in the informal sector, hawkers, small traders, rickshaw- and van-pullers, transport workers and day-labourers are being affected badly due to the government’s unplanned measures.
He bemoaned that the corona-infected people are not getting proper treatment at different government hospitals for lack of beds and oxygen support, and urged the government to increase the number of beds, oxygen supply and ICUs in the district hospitals on an emergency basis.
Fakhrul said their standing committee thinks the health minister and the high officials at the ministry should be removed for their failures to tackle the situation.
He alleged that the government has deceived people over the collection of the coronavirus vaccine. “The government has created a messy situation over the vaccine collection by indulging in corruption.
The BNP leader urged the government to announce a roadmap immediately on vaccine collection and distribution.
He said 260 million doses of vaccines are required to vaccinate 70 per cent of the country's population. “Even if one crore doses of the vaccines are given on average every month, it’ll take two years and two months to complete the vaccination drive."
Fakhrul said the government has failed to present any specific roadmap for the collection, storage and distribution of vaccines only to help the ruling party’s corrupt quarters. “The government is deceiving people regularly by resorting to falsehoods over vaccines. The government doesn’t have the right to play tricks on the lives of the people just by lying.”