Classes in medical colleges with the physical presence of students will begin from September 13, according to the government's decision to open all medical educational institutions.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque said this at a briefing at the Health Ministry's conference room in the Secretariat on Thursday.
He said physical classes will start initially for the first, the second and the fifth year students at the public-private medical colleges. Classes of other years will follow considering the situation.
"Officials of the Directorate General for Health Services (DGHS), including secretaries, have told us that they would be able to begin classes from the 13th of this month. However, one or two days may go back and forth. This is their estimated time. It's a big decision for us today."
Responding to a question from reporters, he said, "Step-by-step class means beginning first, second and fifth yearly classes in phases. Where there is practical class involvement, we will consider conducting those first. All other classes will be gradually begun."
Noting that students in medical education must go to the patient, the minister said, "Medical students will go to non-covid patients first. They will also visit Covid patients, but in phases. Everything will come in order to ensure proper safety."
Emphasizing on wearing masks while going to class, he said "All kinds of measures including health guidelines will be maintained."
The decision was taken on the basis of the views of the National Technical Advisory Committee, Medical Education and Family Welfare Division, DGHS, public-private medical colleges-universities, BMDC and others, said the health minister.