Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho has announced that the provincial government has allocated Rs. 500 million for the purchase of the CanSino vaccine directly from China, which is a single-dose vaccine.
Addressing a news conference in Karachi, the provincial health minister said, “We want more people to vaccinate. We have a very slow vaccination process because we are receiving low doses.”
He said that 175 vaccination centres have been set up in the province out of which 29 are in Karachi, 8 in Hyderabad and 5 to 6 in other districts.
“As soon as we get more vaccines, we will increase the number of vaccination centres to reach the level of the union council,” she said.
The provincial health minister urged the people to take special care of SOPs because if the British strain of the virus in Punjab enters Sindh, the same catastrophe as it is in Punjab could happen here.
He said that there was a lot of pressure on hospitals in Punjab and around 500 to 600 ventilators in each province were allocated for COVID. If all these were occupied, what would happen to patients suffering from other diseases.
Dr Azra Pechuho said that we need to take precautions, protect ourselves, our elders from this pandemic, wear masks, wash our hands, use sanitisers and keep social distance.
“You may still have an infection after the vaccination, but it will be less severe and you will have a cold-like condition or a mild fever, but you will not need to be hospitalized,” he said.
The provincial health minister said that vaccination would also reduce the risk of death, so the vaccine was necessary, it was affecting the elderly and in the next two to three days, vaccination of people over the age of 50 would also be started.
“Wealthy and educated people are getting vaccinated but our poor or uneducated people are avoiding it. I urge them to come and take advantage of this free vaccine,” she said.
She said that the vaccine may cause a slight fever but there is no harm in it, so those people should also come and get vaccinated so that they too can be protected.
In response to a question, she said that initially the British type of coronavirus was also identified in Karachi. At that time, we tested the people coming from the UK quickly so that it did not spread.
It may be recalled that Dr Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant for Health, had advised the provinces to purchase vaccines yesterday.
In a Twitter message, he said, “The Fed govt has procured & will continue to procure COVID vaccine for all Pakistanis. At the same time, there is no “NOC” requirement (or any NOC pending) or bar for any provincial govt to procure any reg’d vaccine if they are able to. Any facilitation needed will be provided.”
The Fed govt has procured & will continue to procure COVID vaccine for all Pakistanis. At the same time, there is no "NOC" requirement (or any NOC pending) or bar for any provincial govt to procure any reg'd vaccine if they are able to. Any facilitation needed will be provided
— Faisal Sultan (@fslsltn) March 29, 2021