Less number of vaccination draws minister’s ire

Staff Reporter

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid sought a report from the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department as to why less number of vaccines were administered on Monday, seeking details about the jabs available in each district that day.

She was presiding over a high-level meeting to review the corona pandemic situation, pace of vaccination and medical facilities in hospitals, at the Civil Secretariat on Tuesday.

Punjab Chief Secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik, Additional Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary Home, secretaries of health departments, additional IG Special Branch and senior civil and military officials attended the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Punjab Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said that availability of accurate data is imperative to control the corona epidemic.

She directed that online data entry be ensured at all the newly-established vaccination centres.

She said that round-the-clock work is being done in three shifts at the Expo vaccination centre and the number of staff would be increased in the shift facing a rush of people.

The Punjab chief secretary said that the process of vaccination has to be expedited for the complete eradication of coronavirus.

He directed that PCR tests of passengers coming from abroad should also be done if they ae tested positive in rapid testing at airports.

The secretaries of Primary Health and Specialized Healthcare gave a detailed briefing to the meeting. The Secretary Primary Health said that 105,224 people were inoculated on Monday.

She mentioned that at the Expo Center the number of staff in the morning shift is 239, 224 in the evening and 95 at night.