CM augments daily vaccination to one lac, setting up oxygen plants



Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah On Monday declared COVID control as top priority of his government and directed to further accelerate measure for expanding the vaccination facilities so that one lac jabs could be provided in a single day.

Eid-ul-Fitr prayers could be offered with observance of COVID related SOPs but large gatherings would not be allowed while citizens were advised to behave cautiously and avoid going out of home unnecessarily. Addressing a press conference Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Adviser to CM for Law Murtaza Wahab and Parliamentary Secretary on Health Qasim Siraj Soomro, briefed about meeting of Corona Task Force (CTF) and informed that the task force reviewed overall situation of vaccination, testing and treatment of COVID-19, status of health centers and facilities, implementation on SOP’s and other relevant matters.

Nasir Shah informed that the CM has categorically declared handling of Corona related situation as the top priority of Sindh government and said that for ensuring procurement of required COVID jabs, Sindh government may consider cutting down development funds to create fiscal space.

Mass vaccination center started functioning in Karachi where 25000 to 30000 people could be administered coronavirus vaccine on daily basis, he said adding that the CM has directed the health department to acquire another shade at Expo Center and enhance vaccination center capacity from 25,000 to 50,000 per day.

The CM also directed the chief secretary to set up a mass vaccination center at Hyderabad. A similar arrangement may be made at Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Larkana. The health department was directed to keep the vaccination centers operational during the Eid holidays.Oxygen plants would be installed at tertiary care hospitals in Karachi, Jamshoro, Sukkur and Larkana, Nasir Shah said and added that CTF meeting was told that the daily production of oxygen was 798 MT per day against which demand has been recorded at 724.60 MT, including 534.80 MT for health care, 113.80 industries and 69.85 for distributors.

The chief minister directed the health department to prepare an urgent plan to install oxygen plants at all the five Tertiary care hospitals.

Responding to another question on utilization of funds allocated for COVID, Nasir Shah said that availability of required facilities in public hospitals of the province was evidence of proper utilization of funds. On a query regarding movement of people through railways, he said that road transport mainly the buses had already been closed while the CM had already proposed to completely restrict movement by banning all the means of transport including the railways.

Parliamentary Secretary on Health Qasim Siraj Soomro said that the health department was procuring vaccines so that mass vaccination drives could be started in the province. Nasir added that the chief minister has allocated Rs1.5 billion for procurement of the vaccine. Earlier, Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi told the CTF meeting that the provincial government has received 862,000 dozes of Sinopharm, 11,000 Cansino, 80,000 Sinovac and 107,500 Astrazeneca. He added that 633,402 dozes of Sinopharm, 11000 of Cassino, 61,200 Sinovac and 1480 Astrazeneca have been utilized. It was pointed out that the third wave of Coronavirus started on April 9 when 314 cases were detected, and it reached its peak on May 5 when 1,110 cases were diagnosed and now it seems to be dropping down to 911 cases on May 7 and 976 cases on May 9.

Secretary Health, analyzing deaths trend during the last 30 days, said on April 9 stemming from coronavirus we had two deaths and they went on increasing up to 24 on May 5 and then started showing a downward trend and on 9 May 16 deaths were reported.

The chief minister was told that out of 536 ICU beds only 52 were occupied. Similarly, out of 1,453 HDU beds 278 were occupied and out of 442 low flow beds only 38 were filled. All the members of the CTF paid tribute to doctors and health workers who were at the forefront in the fight against COVID.

The meeting was also attended by provincial ministers, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Saeed Ghani, Jam Ikram, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, ACS Home, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Education Ahmed Bux Narejo, VC Dow Dr Saeed Qureshi, Dr Bari, Dr Faisal, Dr Qaiser sajjad and representative of Corps 5 and Rangers.


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