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Covid vaccine doses reach Chattogram

The nationwide inoculation programme will be inaugurated by the Health Minister.

District Civil Surgeon Sheikh Fazle Rabbi said consignments of the Covishield vaccine were sent to the upazila offices from EPI store on Friday. “They have been kept at the cold storage facilities of the Upazila Health Complexes.”

According to the District Civil Surgeon’s office, a list has already been prepared for distributing the vaccine of which, 1,54,905 doses have been kept across 15 booths in Chattogram city only, while the remaining 3,01,095 doses will be available in the 14 upazilas of the district.

Some 31.5 thousand doses have been sent to Patiya upazila, 15,524 doses to Anwara, 25,841 to Bashkhali, 13,372 to Boalkhali, 13,965 to Chandanish, 31,525 to Fatikchhari, 25,876 to Hathazari, 16,776 to Lohagarah, 23,896 to Mirsarai, 20,317 to Rangunia, 19,349 to Raozan, 16,697 to Sandwip, 23,062 to Satkania and 23,244 to Sitakunda.

Dr Mohammad Jabed, Patiya Upazila Health officer, said, “If everything goes as planned, people who have registered for taking the jab will receive the shot after the inauguration of the mass vaccination programme. People who have to carry a copy of the registration document.”

Already a team of healthcare workers from the upazila hospital has been trained for administering the vaccine to people, he said.

On January 27, Prime Minister Sheikh virtually launched the Covid-19 vaccination programme at Kurmitola General Hospital.

At the inaugural event, five people were vaccinated in the virtual presence of the Prime Minister. Runu Veronica Costa, a senior staff nurse at Kurmitola General Hospital, was the first to get the shot in the country.

Bangladesh reported seven new Covid-19 deaths until early Friday, including six in Dhaka, taking the national tally to 8,182 since the pandemic began.

The country’s mortality rate stood at 1.52%, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

Also, Bangladesh confirmed a daily infection rate of 2.79% with 435 new cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the official infection toll to 537,465.