A team of healthcare professionals from Bangladesh have arrived in the Maldives to join the incumbent administration’s ‘Covid-19 Dhifaau’ vaccination drive.
The President’s Office revealed that the team arrived to lend a helping hand in the nationwide vaccination campaign following a request from President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. President Solih’s request was conveyed during Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid’s recent trip to Dhaka from 10 – 11 February.
As such, FM Shahid conveyed the president’s request for a team of Bangladeshi healthcare professionals to be involved in the island nation’s vaccination campaign, during talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart.
The team of Bangladeshi healthcare professionals consists of 23 healthcare professionals from the Bangladesh Air Force, including 11 nurses, 10 medical assistants and an anesthesiologist, who will be deployed to hospitals and healthcare centers across the capital region and outlying atolls.
These professionals will be collaborating with healthcare workers in the Maldives to inoculate residents of the archipelago nation, for a two-month period.
The government revealed that the team’s input will prove to be very useful in the vaccination drive as it will pave way for migrant workers, a majority of which comprises of Bangladeshi nationals, to overcome linguistic barriers that could have been in the way of their access to vaccination facilities.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has on many occasions publicized commitment to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines, for every including locals and expatriates alike.
As part of the response efforts against the ongoing global pandemic, it is a key government policy to make Covid-19 vaccination fairly accessible to all Maldivian nationals as well as migrant workers both documented and undocumented.
The president launched the nationwide inoculation drive on February 1 and Maldives vaccinated the first batch of migrant workers on February 24 and the incumbent administration aims to inoculate the entire population of the island nation within the upcoming months.