Apex committee for actions to enforce SOPs


CM says govt fully active to save citizens from Coronavirus



Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired the provincial apex committee meeting on Thursday.

The meeting was told the health department will recruit 4,452 paramedics and vaccinators for corona vaccination campaign while 10 oxygen generators and 200 oxygen concentrators are being provided to ensure supply of oxygen in the province.

The meeting repeated the commitment to utilize resources for dealing with the third corona wave and the military leadership assured to continue every possible cooperation with civil government to contain the spread of corona. The apex committee decided to use all administrative actions to enforce the SOPs.

It was decided that airports will remain super alert, upon arrival of international flights, and effective steps will be taken to ensure the identification of corona-positive international passengers.

It was decided to increase the number of corona vaccination centres along with expediting the vaccination drive. The meeting further decided to implement the decisions through a mutual line of action.

It was decided to effectively implement the closure timing of markets and bazaars through administrative measures and it was planned to devise a separate policy for overcoming the spread of coronavirus in Lahore.

The CM told the vaccine was being procured with Rs. 1.5 billion through an accelerated process.

More vaccine doses will also be procured as the Punjab government is fully active to save the citizens from this virus, he added.

The ratio of corona positive cases in May is 19 percent while the ratio of the positive cases in 26 districts is 8 percent or above, he added.

Corps Commander Lahore Lt-Gen Muhammad Abdul Aziz reiterated the commitment to continue cooperation with the Punjab government, adding that the provincial government’s work is praiseworthy.

It is a nationwide challenge and every possible assistance is extended to the civil administration, he added.

The joint efforts will be made further effective because the lives of the people are important, he concluded.

GOC 10 Division Major General Muhammad Aneequr Rehman Malik, DG Rangers Punjab Major General Muhammad Amir Majeed, Law Minister Raja Basharat, Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, SACM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Chief Secretary, IGP, ACS (Home) and high-ranking civil and military officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed met with Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and discussed issues of mutual interest.

Sheikh Rashid termed the chief minister as a frontline lieutenant of PM Imran Khan and announced to stand with him.

The PTI government is stronger than before under PM Imran Khan, he added. Ups and downs are a routine in politics and there is no element of anxiety, he maintained.

Those making prognostications will face defeat as before, he added. The Punjab government is solving the problems of Rawalpindi on a priority basis and the law and order situation is satisfactory.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has taken timely steps to overcome the spread of coronavirus and its efforts are worth following, he further said.

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