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Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said on Tuesday that his government would make all efforts for the revival of the Pakistan Steel Mills oxygen plant.

“We are passing through a very serious situation, therefore
we have to be prepared to face any emergency,” CM Shah said. He was meeting a
delegation of doctors at his residence in Karachi.

The new wave of coronavirus has badly affected major cities
of Pakistan, he said. “We are also facing its severity and trying to take
whatever measures seem to be feasible to control the situation.”

The purpose of the meeting was to review the situation and
seek recommendations to contain the spread of the virus. It was attended by
DUHS VC Dr Saeed Qureshi, Dr Shehla Baqai, Dr Seemin Jamali, Dr Nusrat Shah, Dr
Raqiq Khokhar, Dr Qaiser Sajjad, Dr Ghaffar Shoro, Dr Sharif Hashmi, Dr Qazi
Wasiq, Dr Faisal Mahmood, Dr Sabir Memon, Dr Abdul Bari and others.

They appreciated the efforts of the chief minister right
after the first wave of infections, saying the establishment of Infectious
Diseases Hospital in Karachi, provision of ventilators to every district and recruitment
of doctors and paramedical staff were commendable.

The doctors urged the chief minister to make necessary
arrangements for the production of oxygen.

“When oxygen is timely given to a patient his chances to go
onto a ventilator are reduced,” Dr Qaiser Sajjad said. He urged the Sindh
government to take necessary measures to operationalise the PSM oxygen plant.

The chief minister said a team of the federal government had
visited the plant and reported that it could not be revived. “We held a meeting
with Pakistan Steel Mills employees and they told us that it could be revived
within three month at a cost of Rs1 billion,” he said.

CM Shah said he would send his team to visit the plant and
the provincial government would spend Rs1 billion if it was worth reviving. “We
need oxygen, for which, we would make all our efforts,” he vowed.

The doctors suggested the government to strictly enforce the
Covid-19 SOPS. The chief minister said he had directed administration and the
police to work in close coordination and ensure proper implementation of the
SOPs.

The Karachi administration issued on Monday challaned 28
shops/markets, sealed 510 shops/markets and fined them Rs504,500, he said.

The government was taking drastic measures but doctors,
ulemas and public figures must play a role to educate people on the pandemic,
CM Shah said.

Abdul Gh Lone

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