The government has allocated Tk 250 crore fund for procuring corona virus testing kits, personal protective equipment, laboratory equipment and supportive medicine for corona patients.
But health ministry officials are facing severe problem in procuring the kinds.
“We are communication with China, South Korea, Russia, Vietnam and many other countries. But we got fewer response from suppliers, ” a high official of the Health Ministry told Business Mirror.
Until March 24, Tuesday the ministry so far procured Testing Kits and PPE worth Tk 45.49 crore.
Health ministry Wednesday wrote a letter to the finance division setting details strategy for fight against corona in light of getting supply testing kids, equipment and serve patients.
Finance Division a week ago disbursed Tk 250 cr to the health ministry to fight against cornavius in the country.
“Albeit the money is ready a fewer supplier are responding to fulfill our testing kids and equipment,” the ministry official said adding that now we are finding large e-commerce sites like Ali Baba to get our products immediately.
The ministry also contracting with local producers to meet necessary demands, he added.
As per strategy health Ministry have also prepare a Tk100 cr future plan to meet the upcoming needs.
The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in its latest briefing on Saturday said during the past 24 no more people were found to be infected with corona virus. The death toll remains unchanged at 5.
IEDCR said they tested have over 100 people while 48 people are found positive so far. Reports said lack of required equipment hindered health authorities through examination.
Several public hospitals across the country set up isolation units for possible coronavirus patients, but a lot of them lack adequate resources and equipment including personal protective equipment (PPE) to provide necessary services.
Nearly 200 interns of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital on March 19 halted their work until the hospital provided them with protective gears.