Vaccination drive in Bangladesh: Health workers’ leave cancelled till Feb 10
Publish- February 01, 2021, 06:29 PM
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Update- February 01, 2021, 09:37 PM
Health workers in Bangladesh will not be able to leave their workplaces until February 10 as the government is set to roll out its nationwide vaccination campaign, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Monday.
The government has cancelled the leave of health workers as it is getting ready to launch its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign next week, DGHS DG Dr ABM Khurshid Alam said.
Speaking with civil surgeons, upazila health officers and directors of medical college hospitals at an online meeting, the DG, however, said the vaccination campaign would remain closed on public holidays.
“More than 20,000 people have already got registered online to get the Covid-19 shots and spot registration facilities will be arranged for those who failed to get registered online,” he said.
DGHS Additional Director General Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said 4 lakh doses of the vaccine were allotted for Dhaka district.
Nasima Sultana, another DGHS additional director general, said: “All the initial recipients of the vaccine, including me, are doing well.”
Earlier on Sunday, Khurshid Alam said vaccine doses will reach 64 districts of the country by Monday as the mass vaccination drive is set to begin on February 7 and 7,400 health teams have been working to carry out the vaccination drive.
On January 27, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the Covid-19 vaccination programme at Kurmitola General Hospital through a video conference.
The health ministry rolled out the inoculation drive at five government hospitals in Dhaka the next day.