The government is currently facing a manpower crisis in its mass vaccination campaign. The workforce and logistics under the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) are overstretched in its vaccination campaign.
Health officials are demanding to appoint 11,000 health assistants as stated by the director of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Since February 7, about 15,000 health assistants have been assigned whose responsibility included home quarantine, collecting samples for tests, entering data to the system, administrating jabs, lab technicians jabbing 2.5 to 3 crore kids in the country annually government immunization campaigns.
The government had a target of inoculating 3.5 lakh citizens around 11,000 vaccination centers which it could not achieve due to shortages of vaccine where mass vaccination campaign was discontinued for 2 months, it then began on June 19. The vaccination campaign started from April 26.
Last Wednesday, the prime minister stated that the government has a target of inoculating 55 per cent of Bangladesh’s 165 million citizens. So far 6 per cent of the population has been inoculated as stated by health officials.
A top official of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) stated that EPI was equipped with inoculating 2.5 to 3 Crore kids where now they have the responsibility to inoculate 25 Crore kids. It’s also facing a shortage of cold chain technicians where 30 districts have no cold chain technicians. EPI officials stated that there are only 5 cold chain technicians against a demand for 20.