PM Hasina opens COVID-19 vaccination programme
Published : Wednesday, 27 January, 2021 at 4:11 PM Count : 382
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated the country's Covid-19 vaccination programme at Kurmitola General Hospital.
The Premier inaugurated the programme from Ganobhaban in the afternoon through videoconferencing.
Five frontliners received the vaccine at the inaugural programme.
Runu Veronica Costa, a senior nurse of the hospital is the first vaccine recipient.
The four other vaccine takers are Dr Ahmed Lutful Moben, a doctor of the hospital; Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the health directorate; Md Didarul Alam, a traffic police of Motijheel Zone; and Brigadier General M Imran Hamid of Bangladesh Army.
UNB adds: At the function, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said now 70 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine are available in the country. Bangladesh first received two million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India as a gift and then received five more million doses from Serum Institute of India.
He said Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is the safest one in the world. The treatment facilities are there in the case of any side-effect of the vaccination is seen, the minister added.
The online registration for possible recipients of the inoculation has also started, said PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah while conducting the event.
To get registered for the vaccination, one will have to do that through www.surokkha.gov.bd, he said.
Now, the vaccination programme will initially be conducted at five centres in the capital and then the nationwide inoculation will start in early February.