Health Minister Zahid Maleque. — File photo.
A total of 75% of Bangladesh’s target population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said on Thursday.
“Already 10 million doses of vaccine have been administered and 75% of the 12 million people have been placed on the vaccination programme,” he said during a speech during a program on the occasion of Cancer Day at Dhaka Cancer Research Institute.
Steps have been taken to vaccinate floating people and transport workers, he said.
“I have spoken to some people who are unwilling to take the beatings of Covid, but I want to say that most people in Bangladesh want to get vaccinated unlike people in many other countries,” Maleque said.
Mentioning that vaccines can reduce the risk of death, the health minister said that the death rate is low in the country because a large number of people have been subjected to the vaccination program. “That’s why the number of patients in hospitals is less.”
In the second wave of Covid-19, 10,000 to 12,000 people were hospitalized but some 1,000 to 1,500 people were hospitalized in the third wave of Covid, he said.
“Seventy-five percent of hospital beds are empty now, so I would ask you to take some Covid shots in your arms,” the minister said.
The number of cancer patients is increasing due to lifestyle changes, he said, adding that currently there are 20,000,000 cancer patients and every year 1.5,000 people receive a diagnosed with cancer while one million people die of cancer every year in the country, he said. .