ISLAMABAD– Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar inaugurated the free corona vaccination drive at a ceremony held at Punjab House Islamabad on Wednesday in which Dr Fraz and lady doctor Samavia Akbar of Rawalpindi Institute of Urology were vaccinated.
On the occasion, the CM said vaccination of frontline health workers has been started while elderly citizens will be vaccinated in the second phase. 189 centres have been established to vaccinate the citizens, he said and added that citizen’s data will also be secured. The government has arranged 2500 ice line refrigerators to preserve the vaccine, he added. Meanwhile, the CM said the registration of more than 4 lakh health workers has been completed while over 600 master-trainers have been given technical training to train others. It is imperative to follow precautions for safety from coronavirus as contact-tracing is higher in Punjab than other provinces, he maintained.
The Punjab government has earmarked more than one billion rupees for the procurement of corona vaccine if needed, he continued. It is sanguine that the international community has also acknowledged the steps taken by the Pakistan government to overcome coronavirus, the CM said and thanked China for providing the doses of corona vaccine adding that this manifestation of cooperation will always be remembered. China has always assisted Pakistan in every hour of trial, he added.
Governor Chaudhary Sarwar appreciated the start of corona vaccination as all the arrangements have been completed to vaccinate the citizens. The healthcare workers are our heroes as they have diligently performed their duties, he added.
The primary and secondary health secretary and others were also present.— HANDOUT