Mass vaccination center at Hyderabad to be set up
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali shah has directed the health department to acquire another shade at Expo Center and enhance vaccination center capacity from 25,000 to 50,000 per day.
He issued these directives on Monday while presiding over a meeting of the provincial task force on coronavirus here at CM House.
Raising Vaccination capacity to 100,000 per day
The chief minister said that only restricting people at their homes was not enough but we have to make them secure by launching mass vaccination drives. “I want you [health dept] to develop a vaccination capacity of 100,000 per day – this will help to secure our population through a mass vaccination system.”
Mr Shah directed the health department to acquire another shade at Expo center and enhance the vaccination capacity to 50,000 vaccination per day.
He also directed the chief secretary to set up a mass vaccination center at Hyderabad. A similar arrangement may be made at Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Larkana.
Vaccines Sindh received
Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi told the meeting that the provincial government has received 862,000 dozes of Sinopharm, 11,000 Cansino, 80,000 Sinovac and 10,7500 Astrazeneca. He added that 633,402 dozes of Sinopharm, 11000 of Cansino, 61,200 Sinovac and 1480 Astrazeneca have been utilized.
The meeting was told that the daily production of oxygen was 798 MT per day against which demand has been recorded at 724.60 MT, including 534.80 MT for health care, 113.80 industries and 69.85 for distributors.
The chief minister directed the health department to prepare an urgent plan to install oxygen plants at all the five Tertiary care hospitals.
Third wave cases
It was pointed out that the third wave of Coronavirus started on April 9 when 314 cases were detected, and it reached its peak on May 5 when 1,110 cases were diagnosed and now it seems to be dropping down to 911 cases on May 7 and 976 cases on May 9.
Eid holidays are critical
“The Eid holidays are critical- if people fail to follow the SOPs it would aggravate further,” the chief minister said and urged people to celebrate Eid with simplicity and avoid going to relatives.
Secretary Health, analyzing deaths trend during the last 30 days, said on April 9 stemming from coronavirus we had two deaths and they went on increasing upto to 24 on May 5 and then started showing a downward trend and on 9 May 16 deaths were reported.
The chief minister was told that out of 536 ICU beds only 52 were occupied. Similarly, out of 1,453 HDU beds 278 were occupied and out of 442 low flow beds only 38 were filled.
The chief minister directed the health department to keep the vaccination centers operational during the Eid holidays.
The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Saeed Ghani, Nasir Shah, Jam Ikram, Advisor Murtaza Wahab, Parliamentary Secretary Qasim Siraj Soomro, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, ACS Home Usman Chachar, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Commissioner Karachi Naveed Shaikh, Adl IG karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Education Ahmed Bux narejo, Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi, VC Dow Dr Saeed Qureshi, Dr Bari, Dr Faisal, Dr Qaiser sajjad and representative of Corps 5 and Rangers.