COVID-19 situation is under control: Maleque

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Dhaka, Feb 14: Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Monday said COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh is under control as the government has taken massive multiple initiatives including nationwide vaccination programme.

“We have been able to vaccinate over 17 crore doses of vaccines….meaning a large segment of people received coronavirus jabs,” he told a function of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in the city, an official release said.

The inaugural function was held on the occasion of setting up 126 more dialysis centres at four hospitals — Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital, Mugda Medical College & Hospital, Kurmitola General Hospital and Sir Salimullah Medical College & Mitford Hospital.

Senior Secretary of Health Service Division Lokman Hossain, directors of different hospitals and physicians, among others, were present at the function with Director of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital Prof Dr Khalilur Rahman in the chair.

The health minister said only 12 percent people in countries of African continent received coronavirus vaccine.

Bangladesh is expanding COVID-19 vaccination campaign including booster dose to combat the spread of the deadly virus, he added.

Maleque said the government is taking prompt measures to decentralize healthcare services across the country aiming to reach better treatment facilities to doorsteps of the people.

“As part of decentralization process of healthcare services, construction works of eight high-standard hospitals at eight divisions are underway,” he added.

The minister urged all people to follow health rules including wearing facemask to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

Bangladesh successfully has handled the two previous waves of COVID-19 as it taken effective measures including expansion of vaccination programme, he added.

Bangladesh on Monday reported 4,692 Covid-19 cases while the coronavirus claimed overnight 19 lives.

“The country reported 13.53 percent Covid-19 positive cases as 34,689 samples were tested in the past 24 hours,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.