Thursday, 18 August, 2022

2.3m immunised against cholera in Dhaka city

Informs icddr,b

More than 2.3 million people have been inoculated with cholera vaccine in a weeklong campaign in the capital. 

A total of 23,65,585 people have been vaccinated against cholera in the five areas -- Jatrabari, Dakkhinkhan, Sabujbagh, Mohammadpur and Mirpur -- of Dhaka city, icddr,b sources said. Of them, a total of 6,40,032 people have been immunised in Mirpur area.   

The vaccination campaign started on June 26 and ended on July 2. Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque inaugurated the campaign at a function at the icddr,b auditorium in the city’s Mohakhali area, aiming to inoculate 24 lakh people.

The campaign was conducted in 700 centres while one vaccination centre had been set up for each 1,000 houses. Dr Firdausi Qadri, senior scientist of the icddr,b, said acute outbreak of diarrhea occurs in Bangladesh twice a year from April to May and from August to September.

“The number of diarrhoea patients in Dhaka from March to May this year was many times higher than any time in the past. More than half of the victims live in Dhaka,” she said at the inaugural function. The icddr,b sources said International Co-ordination Group (ICG) of the WHO has agreed to provide around 47.50 lakh doses of cholera vaccine.

As part of the vaccination, the icddr,b under the supervision of the DGHS conducted the cholera vaccination in both Dhaka north and south city corporations.

The DGHS said everybody has to take two doses of the vaccine. The second dose has to be administered after 14 days of the first dose. The second dose can be taken within highest six months.