Nurse Runu becomes Bangladesh’s first Covid-19 vaccine recipient

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, left, cheers with Runu Veronica Costa, senior staff nurse at Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka, who took the first ever shot of Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Focus Bangla

She received her first dose of vaccine at 4:09pm on Wednesday

Runu Veronica Costa, senior staff nurse at Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka, is the first person in Bangladesh to get shot of Covid-19 vaccine, as the country has begun a trial run of its vaccination program.

She received her first dose of vaccine at 4:09pm on Wednesday. 

After Runu, the vaccine was administered to Dr Ahmed Lutfur Moben at 4:10pm, Prof Dr Nasima Sultana at 4:12pm, Police ADC Md Didarul Islam at 4:13pm, and Brig Gen M Imran Hamid at 4:14pm.

Earlier in the afternoon, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the campaign virtually from Ganabhaban at around 4pm.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque arrived at the venue at around 3:20pm.

The selected recipients are Senior Staff Nurse Renu Veronica Costa, Dr Ahmed Lutfur Moben, Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Md Didarul Islam, and Brig Gen M Imran Hamid.

The six doses arrived at the hospital at 11:30am on the same day.


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The condition of all the initial recipients of the vaccine will be monitored for seven days, before the nationwide vaccination campaign begins on February 7, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said.

During the trial run, a further 690 people will be vaccinated at the five government hospitals in Dhaka on Thursday. 

DGHS sources said lists with names of all the recipients of the vaccine in the trial run had already been prepared.

Dhaka Medical College Hospital Director Big Gen Nazmul Huda said around 100 frontline workers, including 20 doctors, 20 nurses and other government staff at the hospital, would get the vaccine on Thursday.

During the nationwide vaccination program, which is scheduled for February 7, a total of 294 teams will administer vaccines at 45 healthcare centres in Dhaka city. A further 6,431 teams will administer vaccines at 5,268 centres outside the capital city, according to the DGHS.

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) has already cleared use of the first shipment of five million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

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