An officer of the District Health Office in the Eastern District of Karachi, who vaccinated the daughter and son-in-law of PML-N leader and former Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair suspended for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) for COVID-19 vaccine.
It should be noted that the vaccination campaign was launched in Karachi last week and according to government guidelines, in the first phase of the campaign, frontline medical personnel will be vaccinated.
Reports on social media claimed that the daughter and son-in-law of former Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair had been vaccinated.
“The person who facilitated the vaccine has been suspended and will be investigated,” Health Minister’s Media Coordinator Meeran Yousaf said in response to the tweets.
She said that in the first phase, the priority of the provincial government is front line health care workers.
In this regard, Meeran Yousuf confirmed that according to the database of the health department, the two people whose photos were shared on social media are the daughter and son-in-law of former Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair.
In a copy of an order issued on Twitter by the Sindh Health Department, Meeran Yousuf said that Dr Anila Qureshi, Deputy District Officer (BS18) in the District Health Office in the Eastern District, has been suspended and has been directed to report it (to the health department).
It said that during the period of suspension, Dr Aneela Qureshi would be “eligible for her salary as per the rules”.
In this regard, the head of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) and Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar said in a tweet that “complaints were received that coronavirus vaccine was being given to acquaintances besides frontline medical personnel.”
She said that ‘immediate notice’ has been taken and during a meeting with a team of NCOC headed by Dr Faisal Sultan, representatives of Sindh government were urged to ‘vaccinate only front line medical personnel’.
A Dow University spokeswoman said Dr Aneela Qureshi was not an employee of the university and was affiliated with the District Health Office (East).