The High Court (HC) on Thursday asked authorities concerned to ensure the presence of at least one senior doctor of associate professor level in all government hospitals for 24 hours a day for the sake of dengue patients.
The court also ordered all private hospitals to comply with this directive on humanitarian grounds.
The HC bench, comprising of Justice Tariq-ul-Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi, passed the order today.
“The process of bringing medicines from China has begun, but we need a licence for it. We are now working on that” Local Government Division Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed informed the HC.
In its response, the court suggested bringing the medicines through the government to government (G2G) process.
Earlier in the morning, the HC summoned secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed to explain the reason for his lack of initiatives in bringing effective drugs from abroad to eradicate Aedes mosquitoes.
The order came in the face of his failure to comply with the court’s previous order.
Earlier, the two city corporations informed the HC that a special flight will arrive in Dhaka on Thursday, carrying a sample of a new medicine to eradicate Aedes mosquitoes.
Deputy Attorney General Kazi Mainul Hasan, Assistant Attorney General Saira Fairoz and DNCC lawyer Barrister Taufiq Inam Tipu were present at that time.
Sample testing will be done at a laboratory in Mohakhali to check the effectiveness of the medicine, the city corporation lawyer told the court.
Earlier on July 25, the HC asked the chief health officers of the two city corporations to import effective insecticides by July 30 to stop the spread of Aedes mosquitoes, which carries the virus of the deadly dengue fever.
DSCC lawyer Advocate Sayed Ahmed Raja, DNCC lawyer Barrister Taufiq Inam Tipu and Deputy Attorney General Kazi Mainul Hasan and Assistant Attorney General Saira Fairoz appeared before court.