Islamabad finally sees lowest number of daily cases in a month


Five more vaccination centres set up as vaccination drive picks up pace

Zubair Qureshi

The residents of the federal capital finally received some good vibes as the capital city on Tuesday reported the lowest number of daily cases in a period of the last thirty days— 182 persons testing positive in twenty-four hours.

According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) with 182 cases and one death in the last one day, Islamabad’s total death toll stoo at 716 while the total number of cases in the country’s capital city surged to 78,382.

According to the health department of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) this decline was made possible because of the joint efforts by the teams of the ICT and the health department and because the District Health Office has expanded the vaccination base in the city.

Not only the number of persons daily vaccinated has enhanced (more than 250,000 vaccinated in the federal capital), the District Health Department has also increased the number of vaccination centres, said a senior official of the health department.

The ICT health office has also announced setting up of five new vaccination centers within the city to escalate its drive to jab people with COVID-19 shots to offset resurgence of the global pandemic into its third wave.

District Health Officer of Islamabad Capital Territory Dr Zaeem Zia while talking to Pakistan Observer informed five new vaccination centers have been set up in the health centers of the city’s outlying parts, including Shah Allah Ditta, Jagiot, Rawat, Dispensary Humak and BHU Bhukkar.

Besides, the DHO said health teams are also administering jabs to the people at their doorsteps as they cannot visit the vaccination centres due to one reason or the other. We are administering doses of vaccine to them through our mobile service, he said.

“Our mobile vaccination teams are in place for people who cannot make it to the centres due to medical conditions or because they are extremely elderly,” further said Dr Zaeem Zia.

In his tweet on micro-blogging site Dr Zaeem Zia said vaccination was at the doorstep in the rural areas.

Meanwhile, in recognition of the work done by the Lady Health Workers, a simple but graceful ceremony held at the district health office in which computer tabs were distributed among the Lady Health Workers and the vaccinators to make health systems better and data more reliable.

We are trying our best to ensure better services at vaccination centres and community health systems better, said Dr Zaeem.

About slight decline in testing, he said it was due to the fact that the majority of the people had moved out of the federal capital.

“Please don’t take the decline in the number of cases as decline in the disease trend. As the percentage positivity is still high and the slight decline in testing is due to the fact either people moved out of Islamabad or they had already tested during contact tracing or because they tend to isolate themselves.

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