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Sindh govt to stop salaries of employees refusing COVID-19 vaccine

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah House has declared vaccination mandatory for all citizens of the province.

While presiding over a meeting of the Provincial Task Force on Coronavirus, the chief minister said we have to secure citizens by taking some drastic measures. He directed the health department to establish vaccination coverage facilities in every nook and corner of the province. 

“I want at least 300 basic units to be declared as vaccination centers in the rural areas with a target of vaccinating 30,000 people per day,” he said. 

He directed the health department that five mobile vaccination teams should be established on every taluka level. He ordered to give a target of 10,000 vaccination to 90 private hospitals already allowed to vaccinate people and register more private hospitals for vaccination.

CM Sindh directed the chief secretary to give a month of June to all the government employees to get themselves vaccinated and stop salaries of those officials who fail to get them vaccinated by the end of this month.

Secretary Health Dr Kazim Jatoi gave a vaccination report and said that so far 1,550, 553 doses have been utilised including 1,121,402 in the first dose and 429,223 in the second dose. 

A day earlier on June 2, some 78,799 doses were administered all over Sindh, including 57,541 as first dose and 21,258  were administered second dose. The meeting was told that on the evening of May 29, four cases of Indian Variant were identified in Sindh. The infected passengers had travel histories of Iraq and Oman.

The health department has identified their 17 contacts and tests were being conducted. The patients have been isolated and further investigations were in progress. 

The meeting was further informed that on June 2, 6184 tests were conducted in Karachi against which 728 cases were detected that constituted 11.77 percent positive ratio. In Hyderabad, 53 cases were detected against 608 tests that came to 8.72 percent ratio. On June 27, Karachi had 14.50 percent cases and Hyderabad 7.75 percent cases. 

The weekly data shows that Karachi East has 21 percent cases with 20 deaths, Central 12 percent cases and 15 deaths, South nine percent cases and nine deaths, Hyderabad eight percent cases with 12 deaths.  The chief minister said that the situation has not improved yet in the province.


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