KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Health and Population Welfare, Dr. Azra Pechuho has suggested vaccination of teachers, students and also asked to consider inter-city travel restriction
Dr Azar attended via video link the NCOC meeting to review the opening of schools nationwide.
The meeting was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary of Health in Sindh Assembly, Qasim Siraj Soomro and Secretary Health, Dr. Kazim Jatoi.
While briefing the NCOC meeting about virus situation in Sindh, provincial health minister Dr. Azra Pechuho stated that even though Sindh is showing some increase in trends for covid infection, it has been gradual.
She added, there have been 300 positive cases in all of Sindh reported yesterday and the rate of infection in Hyderabad is 7%, whereas in Karachi it is 4.36%.
It was also decided that students from grades from 1 to 8 will not be attending schools. However, since examinations are important, children from grades 9, 10 and 11 from both education systems will be asked to keep attending the physical classes.
The reason Hyderabad and Karachi are also not closed despite relatively higher rates of infection is due to the political backlash.
Minister for Health suggested restriction between intercity and inter-province travel in order to curb the spread of the virus.
The Minister wished for the NCOC to consider this point and reflect it in their covid-19 prevention schedule.
Representing the Sindh government Dr Azra suggested at the NCOC meeting that students and teachers should be vaccinated as they are vulnerable in these times.
Minister for Health also wished that vaccinations of those with comorbidity be considered by NCOC.