The government is taking preparations to implement various measures so that Omicron variant of coronavirus cannot spread to the country.
An inter-ministerial meeting was held with Health Minister Zahid Maleque in the chair on Tuesday amid the growing concern over the rapid spread of the variant abroad.
After the meeting, the minister told a press conference that they discussed measures on how to prevent Omicron from spreading to the country.
He said the government is recommending a ban on flights from African countries and discouraging travellers arriving here from African countries.
Zahid Maleque said the passengers who will come from seven African countries will be kept in institutional quarantine.
“Those will come from the African region will be kept in institutional quarantine with the assistance of the army. The passengers will have to be stayed in mandatory institutional quarantine for 14 days,” he said.
Mentioning that the institutional quarantine also will be applied for the passengers from other countries, including European ones, on the basis of situation of the coronavirus infection, he said vigilance along the borders will be strengthened.
“We will sit later to set the date. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has already been given directives on starting the vaccination activities,” he said.
Mentioning that many countries have provided booster dose of the coroanvirus vaccines for their citizens, the minister said if the booster dose is administered among 60 above older and people with co-morbidity then the death rate will be reduced. Zahid said the government has already inoculated at least 10 crore people with the first dose and second dose of coronavirus vaccines and others also will be inoculated. “The government has adequate stock of the vaccine now.”
“We are going to introduce no vaccine, no service system because we have found some people reluctant to receive the vaccine. That means people can’t avail services without vaccine certificates. The country’s health sector will send letter to district level across the country, to follow this directive properly,” he added.
The health minister also has given directive to all concerned to maintain health guidelines strongly in all programmes including all types of social and religious functions from district level to all other areas across the country.
He said the Deputy Commissioners will be asked to ensure that social, political and religious programmes are conducted on a limited scale.
Zahid Maleque said the country is now better prepared with hospital treatment of Covid-19 patients than before.
Amid the growing concern, the DGHS on Monday issued 15-point guidelines on containing the possible spread of the new variant.
The measures, including a travel ban from the countries affected by it, have been suggested by the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19.