The WHO Pakistan’s representative, Dr. Palitha acknowledged the country’s efforts in catering to the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the best responses. He further said that the federal and provincial governments took extended and much-needed measures to reduce the mortality rate in the region. He applauded the efforts with which the government has vaccinated most of the target population in the local region.
While donating the ambulances at the opening ceremony in Karachi on Friday Dr. Mahipala said “Pakistan has performed remarkably well during the pandemic and it has not only vaccinated 50 percent of its population but also administered 250 million vaccine doses, which is a great achievement. Pakistan is polio-free for the last one year as no new case has been reported, which is also highly commendable,”
Several other members of the healthcare fraternity such as Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechuho, Health Secretary Zulfiqar Shah, Parliamentary Secretary Health Siraj Qasim Soomro, Director General Health Dr. Jumman Bahoto, Director Health Dr. Akram Sultan, WHO representative in Sindh Dr. Sara Salman, and others were also present.
Karachi (11-03-22): Minister for Health and Population Welfare, Sindh, @AzraPechuho inaugurated the ceremony of @WHOPakistan handing over covid response vehicles as well as medical and IT supplies to the Sindh Health Department. #SindhHealth pic.twitter.com/XUU361TOrj— Health and Population Welfare Department, Sindh (@SindhHealthDpt) March 11, 2022
As the Sindh government is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the COVID-19 spread can be controlled, WHO has also extended its efforts and assistance to ensure that the region has enough medical equipment to keep up the good work.
“On the request from the Sindh health minister, we had detailed meetings with district health officers of Karachi and enquired about their needs and requirements. Following consultation with them, we are handing over mini-ambulances, 230 motorbikes, trucks for vaccine transportation, surveillance vehicles, and medical equipment as per their needs.”
It was also reported by Federal Minister, Asad Umar that Pakistan’s response against COVID-19 is making headlines for all the right reasons.