KARACHI: The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, said that looking at the Covid-19 situation in the country, especially in Sindh, his government would step in to make the two oxygen units in Pakistan Steel Mills operate at an additional cost. of Rs 1 billion.
“We are going through a very serious situation; Therefore, we must be prepared for any emergency, “said Murad Ali Shah while speaking with senior doctors and top doctors at CM House, Tuesday. The meeting was attended by provincial minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Nasir Shah, Adviser Murtaz Wahab, Principal Secretary Mumtaz Shah, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, VC Dow Dr Saeed Qureshi, Dr Bari, Dr Faisal Mehmood, Dr Shehla Baqi, Executive Director of JPMC, Dr Seemin Jamali, Dr Nusrat Shah, Dr Rafiq Khokhar, Dr Qaiser Sajjad, Dr Ghaffar Shoro, Dr Sharif Hashmi, Dr Qazi Wasiq, Dr Anoop, Dr Sabir Memon and others. At the start of the meeting, the main minister said that the new wave of the corona virus had a bad impact on big cities. “We are also facing its severity and trying to take all possible measures to control the situation,” he said. The doctors urged the chief minister to make the necessary arrangements for oxygen production. “If oxygen is given in time to the patient, his chances of going to the ventilator are reduced,” said Dr Qaiser Sajjad, adding that the provincial government must operate an oxygen plant at the Pakistan Steel Mill.
CM said that a federal government team had visited the factory and reported that it could not be turned back on. “We had a meeting with officers from the Pakistan Steel Mill together with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, and they told us it could be revived in three months at a cost of Rs1 billion,” he said, adding he would send a team of experts. to see if it is possible to revive the factory and in this case, the provincial government is ready to spend Rs1 billion. “We really need oxygen for that we will make every effort,” he vowed.
The doctors also advised the government to strictly enforce the Covid-19 SOP. “The situation in Sindh, right now, is not as bad as other provinces but Hyderabad, and Karachi districts in the East and South have been badly affected,” they pointed out. Doctors appreciated the efforts of the Sindh government and said the establishment of an Infectious Disease Hospital in Karachi, providing ventilators for each district and the recruitment of doctors and medical staff were commendable.
CM Murad Ali Shah said he had directed the district government and police to work in close coordination to ensure proper implementation of SOPs. He added that the Karachi government on Monday issued 93 warnings not to wear masks. A total of 28 shops / markets were issued challans for opening beyond closing time and a fine of Rs504,500 recovered and 510 shops / markets closed, 13 people arrested and 271 alerted. CM added that 71 transporters were challenged for violating SOPs and Rs35,000 was returned in fines. Likewise, three restaurants were also issued challans and Rs28,000 were found in fines, and one restaurant was closed after several warnings.
He said that while the government is taking drastic action, doctors, clerics and other figures must also play a role in educating the public against the pandemic. The doctors also advised the chief minister to vaccinate the elderly in their homes, which he has directed to the secretary’s health.
On the doctors’ advice, the chief minister decided to facilitate the use of private hospitals and government hospital cold storage chains to store the Covid vaccine. Murad Ali Shah told doctors that the government continues to audit its health facilities to ensure the availability of all necessary and relevant materials.