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Bagerhat journalist 'falls sick after taking Covid vaccine'

| Updated: February 24, 2021 16:35:23

Bagerhat journalist 'falls sick after taking Covid vaccine'

The Health Ministry is monitoring the health condition of United News of Bangladesh (UNB) correspondent Bisnu Prasad Chakrabortty, who fell sick after taking Coronavirus vaccine in Bagerhat.

Bisnu, the Bagerhat district correspondent of the news agency, is undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH). He got the first jab on February 7 and fell sick shortly after that.

World Health Organization (WHO) SIMO Dr Syed Ahsan Rizvi and KMCH Assistant Director Dr Pulok Debnath visited the journalist and inquired about his overall health condition in the morning.

Bisnu has been suffering from fever, headache, breathing complications, memory loss and chest pain while medical tests have failed to find any cause of the complications.

Bagerhat Civil Surgeon Dr KM Humayun Kabir said Bisnu had taken blood test, ECG and Ultrasonography, among others, but no physical problem has been identified.

“A medical board was formed but there has been no visible development in his health condition,” Dr Kabir said.

The Health Ministry and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) are directly monitoring his case, he added. “Steps will be taken for his advanced treatment as per the recommendation of KMCH specialist medical board.”

Vaccination in Bangladesh

The countrywide Covid-19 vaccination drive kicked off on February 7.

Bangladesh signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd, the world’s largest vaccine maker, for 30 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Serum will send five million doses each month between January and June.

Five million doses arrived in January and India gifted another two million doses.

The government brought down the age to 40 for registration to get jabs. The doses are being provided for free.

Some 2,491,053 people received the first shot until Sunday. The second dose has to be taken within 8 to 12 weeks of the first shot.

Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a rise in Covid-19 related deaths and new cases in the last 24 hours until Tuesday morning with 18 fatalities and 399 fresh cases.

With these, Covid-19 fatalities climbed to 8,374 and total recorded cases at 544,116.

The daily infection rate stood at 3.13 per cent, according to the Directorate General of Health Services, reports UNB.


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