A Supreme Court lawyer has served a legal notice on the government seeking special awareness programmes in the country's electronic media – both public and private – to prevent the spread of coronavirus and the rumours about the pandemic.
Barrister Maniruzzaman Linkon issued the legal notice to the health and information secretaries yesterday.
He told journalists that fake rumours are circulating on the social media about treatment of coronavirus patients using untried and untested means and substances.
Many people in home quarantine trust such rumours, he said.
At the same time, doctors are not prepared to treat a large number of patients due to lack of health equipment, the lawyer said.
"In such a situation, the people of the country will benefit if awareness programmes and treatment advice are aired on state and private television and radio stations."
Maniruzzaman said medical specialists will discuss different matters in the programmes, including how to stay safe from the virus and the primary treatment.
Maniruzzaman said he would file a writ petition with the High Court if the authorities do not take necessary steps in this regard.
The notice mentioned that confusions prevail among the people despite various measures taken at both the government and private levels to contain the spread of the deadly virus.