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‘Lessons learnt’: Yasmin Rashid says Punjab significantly better ready to battle second wave of coronavirus

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  • Punjab Well being Minister emphasised that sufferers displaying reasonable to extreme signs should go to hospitals as an alternative of residence therapy.
  • The standard and accuracy of testing at private and non-private labs are being constantly monitored
  • Rashid additionally highlighted that companies are enhancing at public-sector services

LAHORE: Punjab Well being Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has stated that Punjab is significantly better ready to battle off the second wave of coronavirus attributable to classes discovered throughout the first wave of the lethal pandemic, The Information reported on Thursday.

Talking as chief visitor at a seminar on the Significance of Diagnostics in Corona Prevention and Future Challenges at a neighborhood resort, the provincial minister stated: “Punjab has spent Rs14 billion on corona pandemic so far. The Protocols are being continuously revised and updated according to guidelines of the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC).”

She additionally emphasised that sufferers displaying reasonable to extreme signs should go to hospitals as an alternative of in search of residence therapy.

Steps for enhancing testing capability and measures to manage the unfold of the virus got here beneath dialogue as nicely. The individuals have been all reward for Punjab over its efficiency in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic beneath the management of Dr Yasmin Rashid.

Lauding the organisers for internet hosting the occasion, the minister stated: “Coronavirus pandemic has affected the world economy beyond estimates. Punjab government allocated enough resources to fight the pandemic and set up 18 BSL-3 Labs in the Public Sector.”

The 19th BSL-3 Lab is being established in Rahim Yar Khan and the testing capacity has been increased from 400 tests per day to 22,000 tests during the pandemic. 

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This helped expand the Contact Tracing programme, she said, adding that during the first wave, the Corona Expert Advisory Group was instrumental in controlling the Pandemic in the first wave.

Testing private, public labs closely being monitored

Rashid went on to add that the quality and accuracy of testing at public and private labs are being continuously monitored.

“The pandemic situation is much better in Pakistan than in many other countries of the world. The spread of the virus is being monitored across the province through smart lockdowns.”

“Due to policies of the government, the economy and coronavirus prevention go together and all-out efforts were made to minimise effects on employments,” Rashid highlighted.

The minister said that all stakeholders must work together to control the pandemic. Coronavirus vaccine shall be available through uniform policy very soon in Pakistan, she added.

More than 10,000 oxygenated beds are available in Punjab along with ventilators. Improving health facilities for the public is the government’s first priority. Services are improving at public sector facilities, she added.

“We are endeavouring to improve healthcare services according to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar,” she concluded.

Chairman Corona Professional Advisory Group Dr Mehmud Shaukat, Dean Institute of Public Well being Dr Zarfishn Tahir, World Well being Organisation consultant Dr Jamshed, Dr Javed Hayat, Brig (Retd) Dr Hameed, Dr Faiz from Karachi, Dr Asif Ali from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa amongst others attended the occasion through video hyperlink.

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