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Punjab Health Minister Warns Unvaccinated May Face Restrictions

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LAHORE– Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid reviewed the Corona Pandemic situation, status of NCOC orders implementation and available facilities at the Cabinet meeting on Corona on directions from Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at CM Secretariat here on Thursday.

Present in the meeting were Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Imran Sikander Baloch, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Commissioner Lahore Division Captain (retd) Usman Younis, Additional Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department Dr. Asif Tufail, Secretary P&D Mujahid Sherdil, and officers of the Police Department.

Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Imran Sikander Baloch, and Additional Secretary SH & ME Department Asif Tufail gave briefing to the Health Minister on the situation. Commissioner Lahore Division Captain (retd) Usman Younis shared progress on vaccination and mask wearing campaign.

The Health Minister said, “Our focus is on vaccination of people and we are achieving the targets set by the NCOC. The only approach to controlling the pandemic is vaccination of maximum population. Public is being made aware of benefits of vaccination since the start of the campaign.

“We have seen a decline in positivity ratio in cities having higher vaccination ratio. The government is taking decisions in larger public interest. So far life is almost in normal routine with SOPs compliance. Educational institutions , business centers, industry and trade are all ongoing. The SOPs implementation in Lahore by Commissioner are praiseworthy.”

The minister further said as per instructions issued by NCOC, unvaccinated people might face restrictions. We want to ensure businesses carry on working as usual. People of Pakistan especially Punjab must stand by their government.

Corona has taken thousands of lives and people have to decide themselves on vaccination. International level facilities are available for Corona patients in Punjab and all out resources are being utilized. Role of implementers is crucial and I appeal to follow SOPs and get themselves vaccinated.”— HANDOUT