Yasmin urges masses to help others on Eid

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Advises people should follow SOPs, wear masks


Staff Reporter

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid urged the masses to understand the gravity of coronavirus pandemic and take precautionary measures not only to keep themselves safe from the virus but also protect others.

“We should extend help to those in need instead of spending all our resources on shopping.”

While speaking during a private TV channel programme on Tuesday, she said that the fight against coronavirus is a collaborative effort both by the government and the public.
“Every person is a soldier in this fight against the deadly virus.”

The minister said that Pakistan can only prevent a fate similar to the one in India by religiously implementing SOPs and wearing masks. She advised people to spend their Eid helping people in need instead of shopping.

“Despite the rising number of cases, people are going to markets and malls and are bringing back the virus to their homes.”

Just wearing a mask will protect us from the virus. But we aren’t even doing that, Rashid said.

Talking about the supply of oxygen and ventilators in the country, the minister assured that the oxygen tanks are being set up at major hospitals across the country.

About Corona vaccination, the Punjab Health Minister said that the vaccination of citizens is underway and registration process of 40 plus age category has been started.

She informed that so far 198,000 healthcare workers have received first dose of Corona vaccine and over 138,000 healthcare workers have received second dose.

So far more than 495,000 elderly citizens have received first dose and over 1640,000 people have received second dose.

In the last 24 hours, more than 30,000 people were vaccinated. Overall, more than one million people have been vaccinated.

People are requested to visit centre only after receiving pin code and message. Staff has been appointed to serve people. Vaccination is being administered in two shifts.

The first shift operates from morning 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and the second shift is from 8.30 pm to 12 pm night. Citizens can register themselves at 1166 and get guidance from 1033. Vaccination centers are being enhanced to facilitate people.”

In the last 24 hours, Pakistan has reported 4,487 new coronavirus cases while 142 people succumbed to the deadly virus.

According to experts, the country is battling the third wave of coronavirus.