NCOC, chief secretary deliberate on Covid-related matters

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A delegation of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), led by Maj GenAsif MehmoodGoraya, called on Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah at Sindh Secretariat on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Health, Commissioner Karachi, Commissioner Hyderabad and other officers of the NCOC and health department.

The meeting also discussed the Corona virus vaccine campaign, implementation of SOPs in the province.

During the meeting, the NCOC delegation appreciated the Sindh government’s efforts regarding contact tracing, testing and vaccination drive.

The NCOC delegation said that just as effective tracing and testing is being done in Sindh, so is the corona virus vaccination campaign needs to be further improved.

It was decided in the meeting that the number of vaccinations in the province would be increased to 150,000 by June.

It was also decided in the meeting that 380 mobile teams would be formed in the province and vaccination would be ensured through mobile vans in urban as well as rural areas on the province.

The Chief Secretary Sindh told the NCOC delegation that the private hospitals and People’s Primary Health Initiative (PPHI) of the province would also support the government in the vaccination campaign. So far, 11, 40,000 doses have been administered in Sindh.

The Chief Secretary said that besides hospitals, the Sindh government had also set up vaccination centers at Sindh Secretariat, Karachi Press Club, Arts Council, KATI, PARCO, K-Electric, Meezan Bank, Bank of Punjab and EXPO centre for the convenience of the masses.

He said that the entire nation has to take part in the vaccination campaign, every individual including traders, industrialists have to come forward in the vaccination campaign and all their workers have to be vaccinated.

He said that walk-in vaccination should be opened for people above 30 years of age so that those who want to be vaccinated do not have to wait till the code is received.

Mumtaz Ali Shah said it was important to stop negative news about vaccination on social media.

He said that the situation of corona virus in Sindh is different from other provinces that is why the government had imposed more restrictions.

In the meeting, DG NCOC Major General Asif Mahmood Goraya said that in the first phase, walk-in vaccinations are being started for the education sector, after which walk-in vaccinations will also be started for other sectors as well.