A medical team of Bangladesh Air Force reached the Maldives on Wednesday to support its government to contain the rapid spread of Covid-19 through the “Covid-19 Dhifaau” nationwide vaccination programme.
President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih launched the programme.
Equitable access to the Covid-19 vaccine by everyone, citizens and expatriates alike is a key policy of the government, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives.
The government of the Maldives expressed its immense gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, the government and the Bangladesh Armed Forces for the generous assistance extended in addressing the trials presented by Covid-19, on multiple fronts.
The deployment of the medical team signifies Bangladesh’s strong commitment to providing continued assistance to the ggovernment and the people of Maldives especially during these unprecedented times of a global pandemic, with the country experiencing shortage of medical professionals and personnel, said the government of the Maldives.
Under the purview of the Ministry of Health, the medical team consisting of 10 nurses and seven medical assistants and an anesthesiologist, will be supporting the vaccination programme in Male’, as well as at health centres and regional hospitals in outer atolls such as GDh. Thinadhoo, L. Gan, S. Addu and HDh. Kulhudhuffushi to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their nationality or status are provided maximum protection from the virus through vaccination and appropriate healthcare.
The team is expected to stay in the Maldives for two months.
Since President Solih’s administration began, the relations between the Maldives and Bangladesh have been growing from strength to strength, with Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid making an official visit to Dhaka in February at the invitation of Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr Momen.
Source: United News of Bangladesh