Increase vaccination centres

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DETERIORATING Covid-19 situation has prompted the Sindh Government to opt for fresh restrictions on movement of people on the recommendation of the provincial task force.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah Monday announced to impose a ban on movement of people either on foot or in the vehicles after 8:00 pm to contain the spread of viral disease, adding that the shops would be closed at 6:00 pm and then two hours would be given to the people to return to their homes.

The ban is understandable due to an alarming rise in the number of Covid-19 patients as Karachi has a 12.67% detection rate, Hyderabad 10.79% and the rest of the province 4.53%. In May so far, 261 patients of coronavirus have lost their life which is higher than the previous months of March and April when 151 and 154 deaths were recorded respectively.

The situation in the KP and Punjab is still precarious and it could deteriorate further due to relaxation of curbs by the Government after Eid.

Vaccination offers the solution, therefore, the federal and the provincial governments ought to focus more on accelerating the pace of immunization.

Luckily, there are presently no concerns about supply of vaccines due to imports and local production of the Chinese vaccines at National Institute of Health in Islamabad.

It has been observed that with the passage of time, there is growing realization among citizens to get themselves vaccinated and this is evident from the overcrowded vaccination centres, which find it difficult to handle the patients that visit them daily.

Long waiting times (running up to several hours) discourage people, especially senior citizens and women, to visit these centres in scorching heat.

It would, therefore, be in the fitness of things if all public sector health facilities are authorized to administer doses of vaccines as this would be the surest way to immunize maximum people in the shortest possible time.