Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar approved BSL–3 labs labs in Multan and Rahim Yar Khan to provide corona tests facilities to the people.
This was decided in a meeting of the cabinet committee for the eradication of corona at CM Office under the CM Usman Buzdar on Monday. Secretary Primary and Secondary Health briefed about the current corona situation.
The CM directed that the government labs should provide corona tests’ results in the minimum time and warned that no compromise will be made on the quality of tests. A time-frame of the corona test’s result should be fixed in labs, he directed. An average 16000 tests are conducted in the province and the capacity would be increased as up to 25000 tests could be conducted daily. The meeting also gave in-principle approval to give honoraria to corona labs’ staff.
The CM directed the DIG traffic to allow trucks’ entry into the city in the morning for timely provision of oxygen cylinders to the hospitals. He also directed to strictly implement corona SOPs in revenue khidmat open courts as corona ratio is around 5 per cent in Punjab. The smart lockdown has been imposed in 2016 affected areas while restricting the movement of 131000 inhabitants, he added.
The meeting gave in-principle approval to extend the employment of the consultant recruited during the first corona attack and the CM asserted that every step will be taken to overcome the second wave. He regretted the number of corona patients has increased due to non-wearing of facemasks and emphasized that this restriction will be strictly implemented in markets. Public safety is the supreme and necessary decision will be taken to ensure the safety of the citizens, he added.
Provincial Ministers Dr Yasmin Rashid, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Yasir Humayun, Murad Raas, SACM Firdous Ashiq Awan, ACSs of HED and Home departments, administrative secretaries, Commissioner Lahore and expert attended the meeting while high ranking military officials, Rawalpindi and Multan commissioners participated through the video-link.