Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque today has announced to roll the Covid-19 vaccine in every ward of the country.
“We are starting the work of giving at least 4 crore vaccines every month from next month. Therefore, we are taking an initiative to roll out vaccine in every ward of the country from next month,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at the annual general meeting of Essential Drugs Company Limited (EDCL) at Dhaka Club in the capital on Wednesday afternoon.
“We have already arranged 31 crore vaccines. From this, we are getting the required amount of vaccines every month. It has already been possible to give a total of 12 crores vaccines including 7 crores first dose and 5 crores second dose,” the Health Minister said.
“We will need a total of 28 crore vaccines including booster doses to meet our target,” the Health Minister informed, saying that the government has provided 31 crore vaccines. Therefore, even after meeting the target including booster doses, 3 crores more doses will be available.
The minister said the government has already rolled out the vaccines in the slums including the school level. “Hopefully, we will be able to meet our vaccination targets by next May-June,” he added.
Zahid Maleque said EDCL’s production demand in the country is increasing day by day. Besides, EDCL is also getting demand for the production of various medicines from different countries around the world. “But compared to that, EDCL is not self-sufficient. There are various problems including infrastructural weakness, lack of equipment, scarcity of factory space. As a result, ECNEC now has a bill to build an ultramodern factory for EDCL. It will be done quickly. Once these initiatives are completed, EDCL will be even stronger,” he added.
Zahid Maleque also said Bangladesh has been praised by the world for its COVID response. Bangladesh has become the first to tackle the Covid-19 in Southeast Asia. “Even Bloomberg praised,” he mentioned.
Health Minister said central oxygen lines have been set up in 120 hospitals. Field hospitals has also been built. Hospital beds have been increased. There was no shortage of medicines or oxygen crisis anywhere in the country during the COVID period. Covid-19 is now under control because there were proper medical guidelines.
“The pressure may increase again due to Omicron. In that case, the vaccine alone will not prevent the Omicron variant. We have to follow the proper rules of hygiene. Then the Omicron will not spread,” Zahid Maleque said, urging everyone to wear masks against Omicron.
Lokman Hossain Mia, Senior Secretary of the Health Service Division, presided over the event where DGHS director general ABM Khurshid Alam, BSMMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Sharfuddin Ahmed, Directorate General of Family Planning (DHFP) director general Sahan Ara Banu, DGDA director general Major General Mahbubur Rahman and other were present.
EDCL’s managing director Dr. Ehsanul Kabir read the main article in the meeting