‘PM asks to intensify cleanliness drive’

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned to intensify cleanliness programme to prevent the outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever, reports BSS.

“She (Sheikh Hasina), just after return home from abroad, asked the authorities concerned to intensify cleanliness programme further to prevent the outbreak of dengue. Now, checking the life-threatening dengue is now our only task,” he said while addressing a programme at Dhanmondi-32 in the capital.

AL Relief and Social Welfare Sub-Committee organised the programme, marking the 89th birth anniversary of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa.

Quader, also the Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, urged people to cooperate with the government instead of criticising it unnecessarily to tackle the dengue prevalence.

He said his party is doing all necessary works to check out dengue while city corporations and other offices concerned are working in a coordinated manner to eliminate dengue. “So I’m urging all to keep clean your own houses and workplaces,” he added. Regarding BNP’s claim of the government’s failure in controlling dengue, Quader said, “BNP itself has failed to play its due role as a responsible opposition party.”

He suggested BNP to identify its own failure first before talking about the government’s failure.

The minister also urged all not to do politics and to cooperate the government in this issue. AL Office Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and sub-committee member- secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, among others, addressed the meeting with the committee president AFM Fakhrul Islam Munsi in the chair.