Zahid Maleque, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has assured BGMEA of bringing readymade garment workers under Covid vaccination on a priority basis upon receipt of sufficient numbers of vaccines in Bangladesh.
The assurance came after a delegation of BGMEA led by President Faruque Hassan met with the health minister today and made the request to him for ensuring vaccines for the RMG workers on a priority basis considering them as front-liners as they have been doing their jobs amid the pandemic to protect the economy of the country.
The BGMEA President also requested for ensuring Covid vaccines for the officials of foreign apparel brands and buyers working in Bangladesh on a priority basis and the minister said it would be considered.
The BGMEA delegation included First Vice President Syed Nazrul Islam, Vice President Md. Shahidullah Azim and Vice President Miran Ali.
Faruque Hassan sought the assistance of the Health Ministry with regard to payment of more than 36 crore taka to some garment factories which supplied personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD) which remained due.
The Health Minister said the ministry would take the necessary steps to resolve the issue.
Lokman Hossain Miah, secretary to the Health Services Division under the health ministry, and Prof Dr. ABM Khurshid Alam, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) were also present at the meeting.