The High Court on Sunday ordered the government to collect and provide personal protective material to doctors, nurses, hospital staff and patients as soon as possible to combat the spread of coronavirus infection.
A High Court bench of Justice Ashraful Kamal and Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by three lawyers of the Supreme Court on behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
The court also asked the health secretary to immediately form a committee to make a list of the required protective material.
The committee has to prepare the list in 48 hours. After getting the list, the government has to procure the material within the next seven days, it added.
The court also asked the government to include the health secretary, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), director general of the Directorate General of Drug Administration and director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in the committee.
The High Court asked the health secretary and director general of DGHS to submit a progress report complying with the order within the next seven days.
It also asked the finance ministry to allocate the required funds to buy the protective material.
Lawyer Monzil Morshed stood for the writ petition.
Following the court order, Monzil Morshed said, "Measures taken by the government to protect doctors, nurses and staff members are not adequate. So, we have filed the writ seeking the court order."