Punjab Govt To Form District Task Forces For Speeding Up Vaccination

LAHORE, (Muzaffargarh.City – 1st Jun, 2021 ) :In light of the guidelines of National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), the Punjab government has decided to set up district task forces to be headed by deputy commissioners to effectively implement the strategy for speeding up corona vaccination across the province.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid at Civil Secretariat here on Tuesday.

The each task force will include the district police officer, chief executive officer of district health authority, representatives of the NCOC and Provincial Disaster Management Authority as members. Similar task forces would also be formed at the tehsil level.

Addressing the meeting, Provincial Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said that all possible steps were being taken to speed up vaccination in the province. She said that mobile vaccination teams would also be formed to meet the target set by the NCOC for daily vaccination. The provincial minister also issued instructions to the deputy commissioners of Lodhran, Hafizabad, Layyah, Muzaffargarh and Kasur to expedite the vaccination process in their respective areas.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Secretary said that the economic conditions were unable to afford repeated lockdowns and the control on the pandemic was possible only through vaccination of as many people as possible. He said that the rate of positive cases was also lower in the districts where more people had been inoculated.

He directed that an awareness campaign be launched about the importance and usefulness of getting vaccinated. He directed the deputy commissioners to ensure availability of adequate quantity of vaccines and best arrangements at all the vaccination centers for the convenience of the citizens. He said that as per the guidelines of NCOC, in order to increase the capacity of daily vaccination, the health department would set targets for each district in terms of population and performance in this regard would be regularly reviewed. He said that explanation would be sought from the officers of the district that fails to meet the target.

Secretary Primary Health Sara Aslam told the meeting that more than 167,000 people were vaccinated in the province on Monday. She said that the NCOC had set a target for Punjab province to have the capacity to vaccinate 420,000 people daily by the end of June. Home Department officials informed the meeting that markets, bus stands, restaurants and marriage halls were being inspected for implementation of SOPs in the province and 29 restaurants were sealed for violations.

The Additional Chief Secretary Home, administrative secretaries of health department, CCPO Lahore, Director-General Public Relations and senior civil and military officials attended the meeting while all deputy commissioners participated through video link.