Vaccination process halted as staff protest delay in salaries

Ali OusatWeb Editor

17th Jul, 2021. 07:37 pm
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KARACHI: More than 300 staff members at the Karachi Expo vaccination centre staged a violent protest against delay in their salaries.

A day ago, National Command Operation Center (NCOC) chief Asad Umar and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan had urged the masses to get vaccinated to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The vaccination process was suspended for two hours during the protest and the staff only resumed work after assurances from the government.

Abdul Basit, a data entry operator at the vaccination center, told BOL that the employees have not been paid for the month of July, while Eid is round the corner. After successful negotiations with the administration, the staff had resumed their work, he added.

District Health Officer South Dr Ashfaq Ahmed confirmed that the vaccination process had come to a halt for at least two hours but the situation was later normalised through manual registration and mobile data entry.

No paramedical staff and medics were found to be involved in the protest, he said, adding that during the last 24 hours, the Sindh government conducted more than 5,000 tests in which 20.3 per cent cases were found positive for the disease only in Karachi.

He requested the people to strictly adhere to SOPs, wear masks and avoid social gatherings as the Delta variant was dubbed more fatal than the previous strains.

A total of 39 deaths and 2,783 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported across the country.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre statistics, 49,247 tests were conducted, while the positivity ratio remained 5.65 per cent. The death toll due to the pandemic has now reached 22,760.

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