Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged all to get vaccinated without unnecessary fear to fight off the Coronavirus and its new variants.
“I request all, please get vaccinated… do not fear. This vaccine will at least save your lives. Maybe you will suffer for a few days (if infected by the virus), but your life will be saved. That’s why my request to all that don't fear and take jabs,” Hasina said.
Held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium, the Prime Minister joined the programme virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.
The Prime Minister said the government has managed some 31 crore coronavirus jabs for the people of the country. “No one will be left unvaccinated,” she said.
Hasina said many are unwilling to take vaccines fearing the pain caused by the injection needle in addition to various negative propaganda against vaccination. “Our target is to put 80 percent of the total population, except minors, under the vaccination coverage to save them from the Coronavirus and the new variant Omicron.”
As the new variant is also infecting children, the government has started vaccinating the 12-above children, she said adding, “Whenever WHO will announce the age of children for taking jabs, we’ll start vaccinating them as per its guideline. By the time we’ve given more than 13 crore doses, including double doses. We’ve started giving booster doses as well as I want the people of the country to remain safe.”
Hasina called upon all to strictly follow the health guidelines as the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus is spreading across the world very fast. “Please use masks and avoid mass gatherings.”
Health Minister Zahid Maleaue and Health Services Division senior secretary Lokman Hossain Miah also spoke at the programme.
A video on development of health facilities in the country was screened at the programme.
The Prime Minister said Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is a very old institution, especially its building condition is in a very bad shape, and might collapse anytime.
“We’ve taken a plan to build a modern hospital there enabling 5,000 patients to receive treatment, including specialised ones, from it at a time. Hopefully, we’ll be able to start the construction very soon. But the reality is that it cannot be done by shutting down the medical college completely. We’ve to do it gradually, taking one after another wing so that treatment of the patients can continue alongside the development work,” she said.
The Prime Minister also mentioned that the government has a plan to give free treatment to infants under one year and old people above 65 years.
Talking about the success of the government in reducing population growth of the country, she said now it stands at 1.33. “There’s no need to reduce it further. We need a new population, young people,” she said.
The Prime Minister also briefly described various steps of the government to improve the healthcare systems in Bangladesh.