Health Desk- 11 May 2020: At least 100 beds of the country’s largest corona hospital at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital will be kept reserved for journalists.
“One hundred beds at ICCB corona hospital will be dedicated for journalists,” Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir said in an announcement on Sunday.
Bashundhara Group has come into focus following its initiative to set a 2,500-bed makeshift hospital for corona patients.
International media tycoons, BBC, and Al Jazeera have given wide coverage on the ICCB corona hospital and magnanimity of Bashundhara Group.
Bashundhara Group proposed the government for setting up a makeshift hospital for corona patients. After getting the nod from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the company in association with the public health engineering department has completed all construction works within three weeks.
Sources said the ICCB corona hospital is ready to go into operation. Bashundhara Group now is waiting for the government’s directive in this regard.
Bashundhara Group has shown unprecedented response to the corona pandemic. The Group has not only set up the largest hospital but also donated Tk 10 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
The Group has provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for armed forces, police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to facilitate their professional duties during the corona crisis.
Bashundhara Group continues the distribution of relief materials and foodstuffs among the poor and destitute in the capital and other parts of the country.
Despite having permission from the government, the Group has refrained from reopening its largest shopping complex Bashundhara City for the sake of social distancing.
Like armed forces, police, and doctors, journalists are frontline fighters in the critical situation of the country. They are vulnerable to corona infection for lack of logistic supports.
Journalists are discharging their professional duties risking their lives amid corona outbreak. Several journalists have already died of corona while many others have been infected with the virus.
Against the backdrop of this grave situation, Bashundhara Group has decided to keep reserved 100 beds of the ICCB hospital for the members of the journalist community.
The business conglomerate has done this great job out of its corporate social responsibility.
Hailing the decision, journalist leaders said Bashundhara Group will go down in the history for playing such a positive role at this critical time of the nation.
Earlier, Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan sent a written proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), expressing the desire to set up the hospital amid the spread of the coronavirus.
Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir formally handed over the proposal to Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr. Ahmed Kaikaus at the PMO. After getting instant approval by the premier, the Group started construction work of the hospital.