Provincial Minister for Information and Local Government Sindh Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has said that the Sindh government has immediately placed order to purchase 2 million CansinoBio-vaccines dozes.
He said that Sindh government would procure more dozes by cutting development and other expenditures so that the entire population of the province could be protected from this deadly disease.
The Minister said this while addressing press conference on Friday. Chief Minister’s Adviser on Law and Spokesperson Sindh Government Barrister Murtaza Wahab and Parliamentary Secretary for Health MPA Qasim Siraj Soomro were also present on the occasion.
Nasir Shah said that the Sindh Chief Minister had not proposed a complete lockdown in the NCOC meeting held on 31st March.
He only suggested for ban on the inter-provincial movement of transport. The Minister said that the covid positive cases increasing on alarming level in the country, today provincial task force meeting held under the chair of Sindh Chief Minister to discuss the situation. Sindh health minister and representative of WHO also attended the meeting.
He said that Sindh government was fully implementing decision taken in the NCOC and strict measure was taken in the areas where positivity rate is increasing. He said that Sindh education Minister has been tasked to convene meeting to decide about the schools.
Murtaza Wahab said the effects of the third wave of covid 19 have reached alarming levels in Punjab, Islamabad, KPK and Azad Kashmir, where the positive cases reached 14 to 15 per cent. Condition is better in Sindh and Balochistan.
He said that the chief minister tried to persuade the prime minister to take tough decisions at the 31st March NCOC meeting.The Sindh government has not proposed a complete lockdown.
He said that the Sindh Chief Minister had requested for a ban on inter-provincial movement of people.
The Sindh Chief Minister has also suggested the speeding up the vaccination process and removing the age bracket so that patients suffering from heart, cancer and kidney diseases could be vaccinated.
He said that Sindh government has been active in implementing covid SOPs in the province from day one.
“We have sought permission from the federal government for purchasing vaccines from private companies. We are doing everything we can do to protect our population,” he said.
Replying to a question, Nasir Shah said that Sindh government was ready to hold local bodies elections and we have almost completed legislation to empower local bodies institutions.