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Cholera Vaccination

2nd dose begins tomorrow

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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The second-dose of the oral cholera vaccination will begin in five areas of the capital tomorrow, aiming to inoculate 2.36 million people.

The vaccination campaign will continue till August 10 from 8.00am to 4.00pm without any break (except Friday and Ashura Day on Tuesday).

 icddr,b under the supervision of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), will administer the second-dose of oral cholera vaccine.

A total of 2.36 million residents of Jatrabari, Dakshin Khan, Sabujbagh, Mohammadpur and Mirpur areas of the capital who received the first-dose of oral cholera vaccine will be given the second-dose during this drive. Those who received the first-dose between June 26 and July 2 can receive the second-dose by presenting their vaccine card at their respective vaccine centres.

Prof Dr Nazmul Islam, director (Disease Control) of the DGHS said, “We hope that those who have received the first-dose of cholera vaccine must protect themselves against the disease by receiving the second-dose as well."

Dr Firdausi Qadri, Acting Senior Director of Infectious Diseases Division at icddr,b said, "I urge everyone to get vaccinated with the cholera vaccine, and maintain preventive measures like using of safe water, sanitation and personal hygiene, to be protected from many infectious diseases including diarrhea."

The two-dose Euvichol-Plus Cholera vaccine produced by EuBiologics Co Ltd, South Korea, which is given at least 14 days apart, will be administered to those who are above one year of age. This vaccine is prequalified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and can be given to all except pregnant women and those who have received any other vaccine within the last 14 days.