Punjab to block SIM cards, ban entry of unvaccinated citizens Protection of citizens from Covid top priority: Yasmin

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Amraiz Khan

The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department has prepared recommendations regarding mandatory vaccination and restrictions for those who refuse to vaccinate themselves against Covid-19.

According to details, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasim Rashid chaired a high-level meeting at civil secretariat on the current Covid-19 vaccination drive.

During the meeting, different queries regarding the vaccination supply chain, NIMS data entry issues and SOPs on vaccination were discussed.

The meeting also mulled over blocking SIM cards of those citizens who refuse to get themselves vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

The health officials also recommended in the meeting to ban the entry of unvaccinated citizens to shopping malls and restaurants.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Yasmin Rashid said that the protection of citizens from Covid-19 is the main priority of the Punjab government.

” Only a vaccine can end the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the Punjab health minister.
Earlier today, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday allowed walk-in vaccination of citizens aged 18 and above from June 11 besides easing Covid restrictions nationwide.

Meanwhile, around 2999051 corona patients are recovered in the public sector hospitals being run under the control of Specialized and Primary & Secondary Healthcare departments, while 576 patients are recovered during the last 24 hours.

This was disclosed by Barrister Nabeel Ahmed Awan Secretary Specialized Healthcare Punjab today. He said that 7583 beds were reserved in all govt.

hospitals for corona patients, out of which 6435 beds were unoccupied. Likewise, 1635 beds reserved in govt. hospitals of the provincial metropolis and 1337 beds were vacant so far.

The Secretary SHC&MED said that in view of the surging corona pandemic, the department had arranged 3344 beds in Isolation wards of all govt. hospitals in the province, out of which, 3029 beds were vacant.

However, 424 beds for corona patients are reserved in isolation wards set up in govt. hospitals of Lahore and 382 beds are unoccupied.

In addition, 3454 beds are also reserved in HDU for patients suffering from Covid-19 in all the hospitals of Punjab government and 2842 beds are vacant while, in hospitals of Lahore, 927 beds reserved in HDU and 763 beds are unoccupied, Nabeel Awan added.

The Secretary SHC said the health department had arranged 790 ventilators for corona patients in all hospitals of the provincial government, of which 226 ventilators were under use while 564 were unoccupied.

Around 284 ventilators are reserved in Lahore hospitals, of which 92 are occupied and 192 ventilators are vacant, said Nabeel Awan.