The NCOC initiated the national immunisation drive against coronavirus across the country with all federating units, including that of AJK and GB.

The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Wednesday simultaneously initiated the national immunisation drive against coronavirus across the country with all federating units, including that of AJK and GB.

The NCOC held the inaugural ceremony of national COVID immunisation programme with Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar in chair, flanked by National Coordinator NCOC Lieutenant General Hamood Uz Zaman Khan.

Commercial Minister Counsellor China Xie Guoxiang was the chief guest where Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhary, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan and SAPM on Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion of immunisation drive, Federal Minister Asad Umar lauded the sacrifices and meritorious services of Frontline Healthcare Workers (FLHCWs) for serving the nation during the pandemic. “Frontline Healthcare Workers are our real heroes. No doubt they have put their lives at risk in their fight against COVID-19 and we pay tribute to all of them.”

He also thanked the government of Peoples Republic of China for supporting Pakistan during crisis of the COVID-19. He also paid tribute to the team NCOC and provincial authorities working in close liaison in fight against COVID-19 at the forum.

Asad Umar said the simultaneous inaugural ceremony was the center of national effort highlighting the unified collaboration of the provinces and the federal government collectively fighting the contagion.

The vaccine was administered to Rizwana yasmeen. She is working as charge nurse in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) isolation unit, she and her team has been working tirelessly in fight against COVID-19 and she is representing all medical and paramedical staff of PIMS who have been involved in managing COVID-19 patients.

The vaccinated individuals also included Javed Iqbal, who is COVID surveillance team member from DHO office Islamabad, he has been working in surveillance activities since first case of COVID-19 was reported in Islamabad. He and his team has been working tirelessly and has diagnosed over 10,000 positive cases in Islamabad by contact tracing and sampling. He was representing all COVID-19 Surveillance teams, who were the backbone of COVID-19 management in Islamabad.

Fahad Mehmood was also inoculated with vaccine, who was working in pathology department of Shifa international, dealing with COVID-19 testing. Shifa international hospital has been testing a major bulk of COVID-19 testing in Islamabad and has also been managing patients suffering from COVID-19 infection. He was representing all people in Shifa international.

The Sindh ceremony was taken place at Dow university Ojha vaccination center where Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was the chief guest. The Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar was the chief guest in the vaccination ceremony.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan was the chief guest of inoculation ceremony. The vaccination ceremony in Balochistan was held at Chief Minister Secretariat. In Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), the vaccination was held at the PM Secretariat whereas in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) inoculation was held at CS secretariat with Chief Minister GB as chief guest.

Meanwhile, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz says that people are being benefited from the successful strategy of Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

In a tweet on Wednesday, he said that starting the vaccination campaign simultaneously in all provinces is a practical step that the federal government is providing equal chances to all federating units. He said that provision of health and job opportunities to people are the priorities of the government.

Originally published at The News