Punjab well being officers stated Thursday that the federal government has ready a three-stage plan to inoculate the province’s inhabitants of over 110 million in opposition to the coronavirus.
As Pakistan is ready to obtain doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine within the first quarter of this yr, Punjab — Pakistan’s most populous province — goals to vaccinate its residents in three phases.
The most weak or high-risk people can be given the vaccine jab within the first stage, retired Captain Muhammad Usman, secretary Punjab’s major and secondary healthcare division informed a press briefing on Thursday.
Those first in line to be vaccinated will embody healthcare employees, who work together immediately with coronavirus sufferers, and folks over 65 years.
In the second stage, medics and professionals who don’t are available in direct contact with the COVID-19 contaminated can be inoculated, in addition to folks over 60 years of age.
Finally, within the final stage, the vaccination drive can be open to the remainder of the province, the secretary added.
With the assistance of the National Database and Registration Authority, the well being officers have recognized 0.5 million healthcare employees in Pakistan coping with coronavirus sufferers, Capt Usman defined.
As many as 9.5 million individuals are over the age of 65 years, and 16.8 million are over 60 years within the nation. Both can be on the checklist of precedence teams.
Testing in Punjab
While speaking about the usage of fast antigen testing within the province, Nabeel Ahmad Awan, secretary of the specialised healthcare and medical training division, informed reporters that Punjab has determined in opposition to utilising the fast testing kits for now.
“The price of a PCR test is cheaper these days than that of an antigen test,” he stated, including: “Plus the antigen test is not as reliable as PCR.”
An antigen check package prices between Rs1,200 to Rs1,600 every, whereas a PCR check prices round Rs700, Awan stated. The secretary additionally stated that up to now the UK virus mutant pressure had not been detected in Punjab.