No leave for health workers until Feb 10

Vaccine reaches 61 districts

Staff Correspondent

2 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has directed for granting no leave to health workers until February 10 in a bid to ensure the smooth rollout of Covid-19 vaccine across the country scheduled to start on February 7.

“No health worker will be allowed to leave their respective workstations until February 10,” DGHS Director General Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam said on Monday.

He came up with the information while talking to reporters after attending a virtual meeting with district civil surgeons, upazila health officials and directors of medical college hospitals.

The DGHS chief said the Covid-19 vaccination will remain closed on government holidays.

Mentioning that over 20,000 people have registered online as of Monday to get the coronavirus vaccine, he said field health workers will help those who will not be able to register online enrol at vaccination centres.

Khurshid Alam said the coronavirus vaccine has already reached districts.

DGHS sources said those received the vaccine on January 27 and 28 are now doing well as they have not yet felt any major health complications as side effect of the vaccine.  “All of the vaccine recipients, including me, are still well,” Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, another additional director general of the DGHS who was given the vaccine on the opening day, said.

The nationwide vaccination will be conducted at 613 immunisation centres on February 7, said the DGHS sources.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque will inaugurate the inoculation at a hospital in the capital, they said.

Meanwhile, Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, additional director general of the DGHS, said four lakh doses of the jab have been allocated for Dhaka district.

Talking to the Daily Sun on Monday, Dr Md Robed Amin, line director (NCDC) and spokesperson for the DGHS, said the Covid-19 vaccine has already been sent to 61 districts across the country. “The vaccine will reach Dhaka, Narayanganj and Gazipur districts by February 6,” he said.

He said the government has sent 5 million doses of the jab, produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), to 61 districts for the mass inoculation campaign while 2 million doses that were received as a gift from the Indian government will be used in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Gazipur.

The distribution of the vaccine across the country started on January 28.

A total of 26 front-line fighters received the Covishield vaccine at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on January 27 when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the nationwide vaccination programme.

The following day, another 541 were given the vaccine at five hospitals in the capital under a pilot vaccination programme.