Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid reviewed the Corona Pandemic situation, status of NCOC orders implementation and available facilities during Cabinet Committee meeting here on Thursday.
Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Imran Sikander Baloch, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Commissioner Lahore Division Capt (retd) Usman Younis, Additional Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department Dr Asif Tufail, Secretary P&D Mujahid Sherdil, and officers of the Police Department attended the meeting.
The Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare and Additional Secretary SH&ME briefed the participants on the corona situation. Commissioner Capt (retd) Usman Younis shared progress on vaccination and mask wearing campaign.
On the occasion, the health minister said: “Our focus is on vaccination of people and we are achieving the targets set by the NCOC. The only approach to controlling the pandemic is vaccination of maximum population.
Public is being made aware of benefits of vaccination since the start of the campaign. We have seen a decline in positivity ratio in cities having higher vaccination ratio.” Dr Yasmin pointed out that the government is taking decisions in larger public interest.
“So far life is almost in normal routine with SOPs compliance. Educational institutions, business centers, industry and trade are all ongoing.
The SOPs implementation in Lahore by Commissioner are praiseworthy. As per instructions issued by NCOC, unvaccinated people might face restrictions. We want to ensure businesses carry on working as usual.”
She said that people of Pakistan, especially Punjab must stand by the government, adding that corona has taken thousands of lives and people have to decide themselves on vaccination.
“International level facilities are available for Corona patients in Punjab and all out resources are being utilized. Role of implementers is crucial and I appeal to follow SOPs and get themselves vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, Dr Yasmin Rashid reviewed progress on development initiatives at Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department here on Thursday.
The minister reviewed upgradation of govt facilities under the Prime Minister Health Initiative, development of mother and child hospitals, setting up of Trauma Centres, upgradation of BHUs, completion of 22 development schemes and revamping of 88 THQs.
The Health Minister said, “All the development schemes shall be completed in time. Transparency in use of public funds is being ensured.
There are a number of large scale new and upgradation projects currently in the process of completion. Prime Minister Imran Khan has been given briefing on revamping as well as new projects.”