Bangladesh apex trade body steps forward for facing COVID-19

Bangladesh apex trade body steps forward for facing COVID-19

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Dhaka, Apr 2: The Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the apex body of businessmen, has stepped forward for facing corona disaster in the country.

FBCCI has started providing 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPE), 20,000 N95 masks and other emergency products, including testing kits and digital thermometers, to hospitals and other essential service workers to help fight coronavirus.

Officials from Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital, Sir Salimullah Medical College Mitford Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital received the PPE and masks at FBCCI Icon Tower in Motijheel area on Thursday, said a statement. The apex business body will reach out to other hospitals, including Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka Medical College Hospital and the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Dhaka.

It will also provide equipment to all district and medical college hospitals through its 64 district chambers as part of a constant effort to equip them. Doctors, nurses and other service workers of the hospitals will get PPE. The FBCCI will also distribute masks among other essential service staff from the office of the Inspector General of Police, Bangladesh Bank, NBR commissioners at Chittagong seaport and airports. Reporters and camerapersons of the television stations and journalists from other media houses will also get masks from the FBCCI.

AS per the directive of the Prime Minister, the apex business body came forward to face the disaster like corona. Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapos, president of FBCCI, formally started distribution of PPE materials today (Thursday). Meanwhile, members of different law enforcing agencies, including Army, were seen working hard at the field level amid rain and storm in the capital in the afternoon today for maintaining social distancing as per the directive of the Prime Minister. The Bangladesh government has decided to sell rice at Tk 10 per kg among rootless people across the country from Sunday. (UNI)