Bangladesh begins vaccination against COVID-19

Bangladesh begins vaccination against COVID-19

Runu Veronica Costa, a senior nurse of Kurmitola General Hospital, received the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually inaugurated the pilot vaccination programme.

State-run BTV telecast the event live. ‘I’m glad that we have succeeded in collecting the vaccines and hope we could protect our people with the vaccination against coronavirus,’ said Hasina as she officially inaugurated the vaccination.

She also expressed her condolence at the loss of lives due to COVID-19. ‘Please work and help us to make the vaccination campaign a success,’ PM said.

While inaugurating the programme Hasina asked Runu if she was afraid and the nurse replied in the negative. ‘You are so courageous to receive the vaccine first.

We are proud of you,’ Hasina complimented her. Followed by Runu, KGH doctor Ahmed Lutful Moben, Directorate General of Health Services additional director general Nasima Sultana, police officer Didarul Islam of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Brigadier General Emran Hamid of Bangladesh Army received the jab, which prime minister witnessed.

Bangladesh plans to begin the mass vaccination on February 7, after vaccinating about 500 healthcare providers in four other hospitals in the capital.

The vaccinated healthcare providers will be observed for a week. Bangladesh has so far secured 70 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.

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17 more deaths in the country, 617 identified

17 more deaths in the country, 617 identified

Bangladesh on Tuesday afternoon reported 16 more deaths from novel coronavirus, raising the total tally to 7,819.

The infection number stood at 5,24,020 as 718 more virus patients were detected in last 24 hours.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) confirmed the matter through a press release signed by Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General of DGHS, this afternoon.

Health authorities also reported 963 more recoveries over the preceding 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 4,68,681.

In the last 24 hours, 194 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country collected 14,791 samples and tested 14,363. With this, a total of 33,85,775 samples were tested in the country.

Among the newly deceased, 10 were men and the rest six were women. Of them, 10 are from Dhaka, two from Sylhet, one from Mymensingh, Chattogram, Rajshahi and Khulna divisions each.

The infection rate is 5 per cent in the last 24 hours, compared to the samples tested, while the overall infection rate is 15.48 per cent. So far, the recovery rate is 89.44 per cent and the mortality rate is 1.49 per cent.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus case on March 8 and the first death on March 18. According to Worldometer’s COVID-19 data, the deadly virus has killed 19,55,360 people globally and infected 9,14,01,525 as of today afternoon.

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Bangladesh becomes dignified, self-reliant as AL in power: PM

Bangladesh becomes dignified, self-reliant as AL in power: PM

Laying emphasis on continuation of the ongoing pace of development works, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh becomes a dignified and self-reliant developing nation as the people have voted the Awami League government for a long tenure.

“Bangladesh is no more known as the country of natural calamities, cyclones, floods and poverty, rather it has emerged as a role model of development . . . the long-time mandate of people to the government has paved the ways for this development of Bangladesh,” she said. The premier was speaking at the regular weekly cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

Mentioning that the whole world respects today’s Bangladesh, she said Bangladesh has made an example before the whole world demonstrating how to achieve development, reduce poverty, generate employment, develop the lifestyle of people and provide healthcare etc. “The trend of this development has to be continued.” Sheikh Hasina said the government has framed Perspective Plan and 8th Five Year Plan which would turn Bangladesh into a developed country.

Terming 2021 a very important year for the country due to the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Golden Jubilee of the country’s Independence, She said Bangabandhu wanted to build Bangladesh as a poverty and hunger-free nation.

The premier expressed her gratitude to the people as they voted the Awami League to keep in power to work for them as well as give opportunity to celebrate Silver Jubilee and Golden Jubilee of country’s independence.

She said the Covid-19 pandemic has forced to abandon mass gathering and many events of the birth centenary celebration of Bangabandhu, but the government in “Mujib Year” has fixed a goal to provide houses to every homeless person.

“We’ll build a Bangladesh where no one will remain homeless rather every home will be illuminated with electricity,” she said, adding, “We’ll fulfill the basic needs of people from education to healthcare, and will pull the country ahead creating jobs for the people.” Referring to Bangabandhu’s remarks — Bangladesh has land and people to make the country’s progress and development that he told journalists immediately after independence, Sheikh Hasina said the vast workforce and fertile land along with other resources have to be utilized properly to take the country forward.

Talking about the Padma Bridge, she said country’s some famous persons had raised questions about this bridge and stopped its procedures which were very much unfortunate for the nation.

She went on saying it was also very much regrettable that an individual even committed more notorious job just for simply holding the position of managing director of a bank.

“We took the matter as a challenge and had decided to build the bridge with own financing, and finally we have materialized it and the bridge is now a reality,” said the premier, adding, “This particular one decision has changed the image of Bangladesh across the world.” At the outset of the meeting, the prime minister greeted all of happy New Year-2021. News: The Bangladesh Today.