Outbound expatriate workers can register their names on Surokkha app to receive coronavirus vaccines as a separate registration option has been opened for them on the app.
The registration process for migrant workers who already have BMET registration cards has begun. Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed inaugurated the special registration programme through a virtual conference on Surokkha and Ami Prabasi apps on Monday.He said at the initial stage, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait-bound expatriates will be able to complete the registration easily with their passports and other necessary information through the special app and go to seven specific centres to get Pfizer vaccine after getting SMS.
These centres are Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital, Mugda Medical College and Hospital, Sheikh Russel National Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital and Kurmitola General Hospital.
The expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment Minister highlighted different initiatives that his ministry took to ease the problems of expatriate Bangladeshi workers.
“There are numerous problems of the expatriate workers. The Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment is working 24 hours to resolve these problems,” the minister said.
“I hope the jam of the expatriate workers that has been created regarding their registration for coronavirus vaccination will come to an end within one week,” he added.
He also thanked the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Directorate General of Health Services, National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre and Department of Immigration and Passport for stepping forward with his ministry to bring a quick solution for the crises of the expatriates.State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, “The registration with the BMET app is necessary as the ICT ministry needs to verify the information of the expatriate workers so that no one can abuse the opportunity.”
Expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment Secretary Dr Ahmed Munirus Saleheen said around 20,000 outbound expatriate workers have already registered with them to get their vaccine doses for coronavirus.
He said though initially the Saudi Arabia and Kuwait-bound expatriates will be prioritised for vaccination, gradually all the outbound workers will be brought under the process.
Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam said Pfizer vaccine will be registered only at seven centres in Dhaka as there is no arrangement of preserving these vaccines outside Dhaka.
He said the expatriate workers will be informed about the time of their vaccination through SMS a day before administering the vaccine.