Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Sunday held a coordination meeting for smooth distribution of coronavirus vaccines in its areas. DNCC mayor Md Atiqul Islam presided over the meeting held at the DNCC's Nagar Bhaban in the capital.
It was stated at the meeting that Covid-19 vaccination has already started in developed countries. The first shipment of vaccine from the Serum Institute of India will arrive in Bangladesh at the end of this January or the first week of February. Some 1.5 crore people would be brought under the vaccination programme. In the first phase, three crore doses of vaccine will come to the country, while six crore doses will arrive by the middle of the year. Then more three crore people will be brought under the vaccination campaigns. A large number of people will be brought under the vaccination campaigns before the end of the current year.
Speaking at the meeting, the DNCC mayor Atiqul Islam laid emphasis on taking necessary preparations to bring highest number of people under the vaccination programme and ensure maximum use of the vaccine in DNCC areas.
He suggested to give priority to health workers involved in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, front-ranking workers, people who have less immunity, elderly population, and people who have been suffering from various illnesses for a long time.
Besides, necessary steps need to be taken to maintain law and order at the vaccination centres.
The coordination meeting was attended by DNCC chief executive officer Md Selim Reza, chief health officer Brigadier General Md Jobaidur Rahman, director of the Directorate of Health Md Belal Hossain, Dhaka's civil surgeon Moinul Islam, Brac and Dhaka Ahsania Mission's representatives, additional divisional commissioner of Dhaka AKM Masuduzzaman, councilor Md Mofizur Rahman of Ward No. 19, council Syed Hasan Noor Islam Raston of Ward No. 32, councilor of Ward No. 44 and DNCC's health related standing committee president Md Matin.