Prisoners to be vaccinated

With the intention of containing the coronavirus infection, the government has taken steps to vaccinate prisoners.

On Thursday, 8,000 inmates at Chattogram Prison will receive the vaccine while vaccination of inmates in almost all districts will start from next week.

Dr Shamsul Haque, secretary member of the General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Committee, told The Business Standard: “Letters have been sent to civilian surgeons in different districts to prepare a list of prisoners to be vaccinated. Prisoners will be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. “

Mohammad Sajjad Hossain, deputy inspector general of the Department of Prisons, told TBS: “There were 84,415 prisoners across the country on December 6. Of these, 81,077 were men and 3,338 women.

During this time, the districts began to prepare to vaccinate the prisoners.

Dr Md Elias Chowdhury, civil surgeon from Chattogram, said: “The prison authorities have prepared an air-conditioned room to store the vaccines where each day around 500 prisoners will be inoculated.”

The civilian surgeon visited the probable vaccination center on December 2, said Shafiqul Islam Khan, senior superintendent of Chattogram prison.

During the visit, the civilian surgeon was accompanied by the chief medical officer of the Shamim Reza prison hospital and representatives of the World Health Organization.

Cox’s Bazar civilian surgeon, Md Mahbubur Rahman, told TBS that 4,000 inmates at the district prison will be vaccinated next week.

In the meantime, a letter from the DGHS reached the Khulna civil surgeon on Monday. The matter will be decided in a day or two.

Khulna civilian surgeon Dr Niaz Mohammad said: “The decision on the number of prisoners to be vaccinated will be taken after discussion with the deputy commissioner on Tuesday or Wednesday. Hopefully we can vaccinate the prisoners by next week.

Naogaon’s civilian surgeon asked the district police superintendent to compile a list of the district prison prisoners.

Speaking to TBS Nagoan civilian surgeon, Dr ABM Abu Hanif said: “Once the list of prisoners is ready, we will start vaccinating them from next Monday. We will discuss with DGHS to see if another vaccine can be done. be administered if there is no room AC supply to store Pfizer vaccine. “

Prisons across the country have a total capacity of 42,538 inmates, but there are currently twice as many inmates in prisons nationwide. Therefore, experts fear that if someone is infected with the coronavirus in prison, the infection will spread quickly. Amid concerns over a new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, they said the decision to vaccinate prisoners was justified.

Dr M Mushtaq Hussain, adviser at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, told TBS: “The risk of the infection spreading is high where many people live together.

Although late, it is a good initiative. However, it is important to ensure that all inmates receive the vaccine. “

So far, 6.50 crore of Bangladeshi adults have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while 3.81 crore have received two doses. In Bangladesh, the national vaccination program began on February 7 with the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccines.

4 other deaths from Covid in 24 hours

Bangladesh has reported four more deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours until 8 a.m. on Monday.

In addition, an additional 277 people tested positive for the virus during the same period.

The current positivity rate was reported at 1.44% after 19,237 samples were tested across the country.

With the latest additions, the death toll has reached 28,005 and the number of cases has jumped to 15,777,720 in the country.

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