KARACHI: Sindh has started vaccinating the police force on a priority basis to protect them against coronavirus, a meeting of the provincial task force on pandemic was told on Thursday.
Earlier this month, the Sindh police chief had approached the Home Department with the request that the personnel should be declared frontline workers to ensure their early vaccination.
Since the outbreak in Pakistan in February last year, 24 personnel of Sindh Police died due to coronavirus.
The body was informed that four centres had been established in Karachi for the vaccination of personnel. The process is being carried out at these centres daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm throughout the week, absent Fridays.
Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho informed the meeting that in all, there were 666 beds in the critical care units of the hospitals having the facility of ventilators. Out of these, 454 are still vacant.
There are 1,872 hospital beds in the province having an oxygen facility, and 343 of them are filled.
Pechuho said that there was no shortage of oxygen for treating coronavirus patients in the hospitals of the province.