PM Hasina among top 3 inspirational women leadership in Commonwealth
The Bangladesh High Commission issued a press release in London on Saturday
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named amongst the top three inspirational women leaders in the Commonwealth.In a special announcement ahead of the International Women’s Day 2021, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland QC bracketed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley to have demonstrated extraordinary leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic.A press release was issued by the Bangladesh High Commission in London, in this regard on Saturday, reports UNB.
“For me whilst I am inspired all the time by so many women and girls, I would like to name three phenomenal leaders in our Commonwealth–Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, Mia Amor Mottley, the prime minister of Barbados, and Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh – for their leadership during Covid-19 in their roles in their respective countries.
“The Commonwealth secretary-general said: “All three leaders alongside so many other women have given me hope for a world that delivers a common future for women and men and serves all of our common good.”
Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh In the 24 hours to Friday morning, a total of 635 new cases were reported, up from 619 on Thursday and 614 the previous day.The daily infection rate shot up to over 4.5% after remaining below 4% for three consecutive days.On Friday, it stood at 4.63%, up from 3.87% on Thursday, while it was 3.74% on Wednesday, 3.36% on Tuesday, and 4.31% on Monday.The recent increase in infection rate clearly shows an upward trend as before Monday it went above the 4% mark on January 25.With the latest development, Bangladesh now has confirmed total 549,184 cases, according to the daily Covid-19 bulletin by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).The overall infection rate of the country is at 13.33%.Bangladesh also registered six deaths in the 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 8,441.
As of Friday, the 7-day moving average of daily deaths in the country stood at 6.57. On February 24, the 7-day moving average went below 10 (9.29), for the first time in months ever since the death toll went up from May. The rolling average on May 12, last year, stood at 9.57 before skyrocketing.The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far still stands at 1.54%.The health authorities said 676 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.So far, 501,144 patients – 91.25% of all infected – have made full recovery across the country.Countrywide vaccination efforts Meanwhile, as of Thursday, more than 3.58 million people have been vaccinated in Bangladesh, since the nationwide vaccination campaign began on February 7, according to the health directorate.
Bangladesh acquired 30 million doses of the vaccine developed by Oxford University and Swedish-British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India who will deliver it in installments. So far, Bangladesh has received two consignments of the vaccine from the Serum Institute.
The government is planning to purchase 30 more million doses of the vaccine from the Indian vaccine manufacturer, Health Services Division Secretary Abdul Mannan said recently. Bangladesh is also set to receive another 10.9 million doses under the Covax scheme – co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Gavi vaccine alliance, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations – before June.
Bangladesh Corespondent – Anowarul Hoque Bhuiyan