Insurgency of vaccinated hamlet against Covid-19
2021-07-31 21:28:29 BdST
2021-10-23 11:48:51 BdST
Shameem Hossen: Satkhira district bordering India is now a Covid hotspot. Jordin Sheikhpara, one of the remotest villages of the district, is 10 miles away from the district headquarter. Many people in this village have been infected with Covid-19 in the second wave of the virus. Many of the affected individuals died without showing any symptoms too. Yet, the villagers are reluctant in taking the vaccine, thus making Shakil Hosen, a young Dhaka University student of Jordia Sheikhpara ponder.
The picture of the whole village has changed in the last three weeks. More than 3 hundred people in the village (per government-announced conditions) have applied for the vaccine. Most are at least under the first dose of the vaccine while others are waiting for the SMS.
Shakil Hosen, the entrepreneur of the vaccinated village, said, ‘Even though the vaccine was available, the village people were reluctant to receive the vaccine due to the fear of vaccine and registration complications. Initially, we made the village youth understand the need for vaccines for everyone and were interested in taking the vaccine. But many of us couldn't be interested in getting the vaccine. Then we yield to the religious representatives of the area’.
‘Villagers listen to religious representatives. We encourage people to take vaccination with the help of the mosque's Imams and get a positive response ’, said Shakil Hosen.
Young students of the village Arafat Hossain, Hasanur Rahman, Miyaraj Hossain, Shakibur Rahman, Mahbubul Haque, Azgar Ali, Taufiquzzaman, and Rohel Uddin, including others, also came forward in this initiative.
Those youths set up moving registration booths at different points of the village to register for getting free vaccination. This news was declared through mosques. There are also people for house-to-house registration. This free registration campaign will run for 3 weeks while being supported by the youths to get the registrants to the vaccination center on time.
Sheikh Monayem Hossain, President of Jordia Village Development Committee, said the initiative of the youth is undoubtedly commendable. They have been encouraging people to get vaccinated and register for free since the beginning. This potency of them has made the villagers greatly aware.
Meanwhile, the local UP chairman has officially recognized the initiative of the youth. Chairman of Fingri Union Parishad Samsur Rahman said, ‘I have been observing the initiatives of the youth of Jordia Sheikhpara from the beginning. I have noticed the village people being reluctant to take the vaccine. However, Jordia Sheikhpara was able to change their mindset.
Md. Hussain Shafayat, Civil Surgeon of Satkhira, said, ‘most people in the village were still against to take the cov-vaccine. However, the interest has increased a lot from before. If we want to get vaccinated, we have to register online first. Then the time and place of vaccination will be informed through SMS. Conscious people in the village are being urged to encourage others to get vaccinated’.
The Jordia Sheikhpara, village of Satkhira Sadar is probably the first village in Bangladesh where most the people have already taken the vaccine.
Dhaka, 30 July (campuslive24.com)//AIT