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Current COVID-19 situation, the positivity is less than 2% In country, Patel

Islamabad (VOM). : The Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel chaired a meeting on the current situation of COVID-19, at NCOC, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Representatives from Ministry of Interior, NDMA, DRAP, Local administration attended the meeting while provincial representatives participated virtually.

National Coordinator, Maj. Gen. Aamer Ikram, gave an overview regarding the current situation of COVID-19 and vaccination status in the country.

The Health Minister highly appreciated the efforts of all stakeholders, healthcare staff, vaccination teams and administration working across Pakistan despite multiple challenges. He was highly pleased with the vaccination state in the country; overall 85% eligible population is fully vaccinated and 93% is partially vaccinated. Furthermore, it is encouraging to see that 100% eligible population in Sindh is fully vaccinated. He advised all provinces and regions to administer booster doses on priority basis to further improve protection against COVID-19 transmission.

The Minister said that keeping in view the current COVID-19 situation, the positivity is less than 2% which is credited to our healthcare system and stakeholders, but remain alert and vigilant about the situation. He also said that in view of global pandemic situation the Central Health Establishment should stringently monitor the health status of incoming passengers at points of entries. CHE will be strengthened to enhance the functionality.

Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) and other measures to curb the spread of the virus were discussed in detail. The Minister emphasized the importance of precautions including social distancing and mask-wearing, especially in crowded places. The Minister also highlighted the need to strictly follow the guidelines for management of markets for Eid-ul-Adha.

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