Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan on Tuesday said the public authority was expanding the country’s oxygen production limit to help the country’s medical care in the midst of expanding Covid-19 cases.
Faisal Sultan on Oxygen production for Pakistan
While tending to a question and answer session, the SAPM said Pakistan Steel Mills’ (PSM) oxygen plant would be re-actuated to fulfill the country’s oxygen need.
SAPM said, “Using non-essential industries and importing oxygen can also be used to increase the supply,” The SAPM also added that guidelines would be issued later detailing the effective usage of oxygen supply. He added that logistics of supplying oxygen were also being worked upon so that there are no hindrances.
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Faisal Sultan clears the air of vaccines in Pakistan
Clarifying some recent rumours, Dr Sultan said the government was not only dependant upon vaccine doses that were received as either grants or gifts.
“That is not true. The government has purchased about three million vaccine doses whereas deals have been signed to purchases 30 million doses,” the SAPM said.
Faisal Sultan added that the process of acquiring vaccines was slow due to the shortage around the world. “It does not matter how much money one has. If a thing does not exist, you cannot buy it,” he said.
Due to the shortage, vaccine roll out under the COVAX programme had also been delayed, he said further. “Hopefully, the COVAX programme would resume as soon as the problem of the vaccine shortage is resolved,” he said.
Sultan further added that the vaccination program in the country was “going smoothly.”
“There are 1,200 vaccination centres across the country having the capacity to vaccinate around 5,000 people per day.” He said.