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Nurse Runu first to receive COVID vaccine in Bangladesh

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:09 PM, 27 January 2021   Updated: 04:37 PM, 27 January 2021

Photo taken from Television Live

Photo taken from Television Live

Runu Beronica Costa, a senior nurse of Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital, became the first people in Bangladesh to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday. 

She was administered the shot around 4:10 pm. Later, Medicine Consultant Dr Ahmed Lutfar Mobin received the vaccine as a first physician, and then Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof. Dr Nasima Sultana, Member of Traffic Police Didarul Islam and Brigadier General Imran Hamid of Bangladesh Army. 

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Covid-19 vaccination rollout virtually at the hospital. At the inauguration programme, the registration process through mobile and web-based app called "Surokkha" for mass inoculation was also launched. All those who want to get vaccinated need to register online.  

After completing her diploma in nursing, Runu Beronica joined United Hospital as a nurse in 2002. Hailing from Gazipur, Costa served there for nine years before joining the Kurmitola General Hospital in 2013. Runu Beronica's husband Pobon Gomes, whom she married in 2005, is an administration officer of a private company. Her 13-year-old daughter Protha Gomes and 10-year-old son Prayash Gomes are in school. 

The first consignment of 50 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, purchased by Bangladesh from the Serum Institute of India Pvt Limited, arrived in the country on Monday. Earlier on January 21, the consignment of 20 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, gifted by India, arrived at Dhaka Airport by air cargo. 

The nationwide vaccination programme will start on February 7.