Given the increasing number of Covid-19 cases this month, Karachi administrators have proposed a fine of Rs1,000 for those who do not wear masks in public.
“Covid-19 cases have started to increase in the country, especially in Karachi, so to contain the infectious disease, we are once again proposing a fine of Rs1,000 for all who do not wear masks in public,” Administrator Iftikhar Shallwani said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the launch of the Dr Essa Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Center at a local hotel, Shallwani revealed that they first proposed fines for those not wearing masks in public in March or April, when Covid-19 cases began to increase locally.
He said the application was rejected at that time. However, he added, they returned to forward a proposal to the Sindh government to save people from the second wave of deadly infectious diseases.
The former city commissioner listed the city’s top three urban problems as solid waste management, water scarcity and unavailability of public transportation.
Shallwani claims that now all stakeholders – including the federal government, armed forces, provincial governments and local agencies – are on the same page to solve this problem and turn Karachi into a modern and developed city.
“Karachi’s economic potential can be gauged by the fact that even people who collect stones from rocky beaches, put them on carts and carry them to MA Jinnah Street can sell them easily and earn a living.”
Shallwani stressed the need to develop the city, which he called for joint efforts. He said people need to educate maids and their children about waste management and how they should dispose of household waste.
He claims that out of 100 people who visit him on any given day, 70 ask for government jobs. However, he points out, some people have quit their government jobs, started their own businesses and are now highly successful business owners and service providers in Karachi and elsewhere in Pakistan.
“Dr Farhan Essa is one such person, who has quit his job as government, started his own business and is now serving ailing humanity with his vast network of diagnostic and health centers.”
The administrator said that Dr Essa’s contribution to organizing city marathons, Pakistan Super League celebrations, street libraries and many other healthy activities for the Karachi community cannot be ignored or ignored.
Highlighting the importance of physiotherapy in the modern health system, Shallwani said that it is one of the main sub-specialties of modern medicine. He hopes that the Dr Essa Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Center can provide quality health services to the city community.
Dr Essa Laboratories CEO Dr Farhan Essa said physiotherapy and pharmacy services are Pakistan’s most neglected medical specialties, but they can help the elderly, those with muscle and joint problems, and patients who have undergone surgery to lead normal lives.
“Many of our people, especially those who are old, those who have had major surgery after accidents or cardio-thoracic procedures, and those with muscle and joint problems are locked up in their homes. All of these people can lead normal lives and take part in routine activities with the help of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. “
Senior physiotherapists – including Dr Muhammad Khan Bugti, Dr Naureen and Operations Manager of Dr Essa Laboratories Dr Nayyer Jabeen – also spoke at the occasion.