Covid-19 vaccination kicks off today
Published: 10:34 AM, 27 January 2021 Updated: 12:08 PM, 27 January 2021
The much-awaited Covid-19 vaccination program is going to start today (Wednesday). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the vaccination program at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital virtually. The program will be inaugurated by vaccinating a nurse of the hospital.
With this, Bangladesh will join the world today in the vaccination campaign against the Covid-19 pandemic with the stock of vaccine doses in hand.
On this day, 20 to 25 people from different categories of Covid-19 front-fighters (such as nurses, doctors, assistant health workers, Bir Freedom Fighters, police and army members and journalists) will be vaccinated. The vaccination program will be conducted in five centers in Dhaka from Thursday (January 28).
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), all preparations have been completed for the inauguration of the Covid-19 vaccination program at Kurmitola General Hospital. Besides, the five centers that will be vaccinated on January 28 have also been prepared.
Preparations have been made to conduct the Covid-19 vaccination program at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
BSMMU Director Brigadier General Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Amin said the work of preparing trained manpower for conducting the Covid-19 vaccination program on 28 January, placement and preparation of preliminary list has been completed.
He added that BSMMU’s Covid-19 vaccine center has been set up at the corner of Hotel Intercontinental in the capital. A total of eight booths have been set up at the center. Each of these booths will have two nurses and four volunteers. Besides, there will be two medical teams – one of them will be the mobile team. As a result, if there is any problem somewhere, the mobile team can be present there quickly. Another medical team will be stationed next to the booth all the time. This team will be ready to provide immediate health care if a person has a physical problem after the vaccination.
An eight-bed observation unit and four ventilation centers have also been set up to deal with any post-vaccination situation. An ambulance will be deployed at the vaccination center round the clock. The person, who will be vaccinated, will be kept under close observation for at least half an hour. It has been instructed to contact the vaccinating authority in case of any difficulty later, said Brigadier General Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Amin.
Dr. Ahmed Amin said 200 people from BSMMU’s own manpower would be vaccinated, based on their interest, on January 28. Later, all the staff of the hospital will be brought under vaccination in phases.
DMCH director Brigadier General Md. Nazmul Haque said four booths have been set up at the hospital for vaccination on the first day. Of these – two have been allocated for male and two for female staff.
“We hope to vaccinate 100 people from different levels of staff including doctors, nurses, health workers, daily laborers, cleaners on this day. Later all the staff will be vaccinated based on their interest,” he added.