The World Health Organization arranged an inaugural ceremony where the Minister for Health and Population Welfare, Sindh, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, and the Sindh Health Department were handed medical vehicles and equipment by WHO representative Pakistan and Head of Mission, Dr. Palitha Mahipala
The World Health Organization gifted 25 motorcycles for super high-risk union councils in Karachi city that are high risk and difficult to access for other modes of transport. These motorcycles are fixed with a top box for carrying vaccination supplies and will be able to reach the populations of those UCs that have not been vaccinated.
The Minister for Health and Population Welfare and WHO representative for Pakistan also inaugurated a covid-vaccination drive that provides mobile access to the vaccination process for marginalized populations especially Afghan refugees in 5 districts of Karachi, Sindh. The drive will cater to all those who are unable to get vaccinated through the regular process, i.e. through Sindh government CVCs operational throughout the city.
One fully equipped and a customized ambulance was also gifted by WHO to the Sindh Health Department for DHO West as well as IT equipment and supplies for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response. These supplies included laptops with accessories, desktop computers, LED screens, HP laserjet printers, and HP pro scanners. WHO is supporting DoH Sindh in strengthening integrated disease surveillance and response in 2 districts of Sindh Tharparkar and Umerkot
DoH and WHO also run Wear a Mask to protect Pakistan Campaign activity at Jinnah Airport to increase awareness among the general population. Wear a mask campaign was started in Sindh by Minister for Health and Population Welfare and WHO representative Pakistan on National Day of Pakistan and now successfully running across Pakistan.
Dr. Azra Pechuho also spoke to WHO Representative to Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Mahipala about the ongoing progress in launching telehealth and telemedicine, and the organization’s collaboration with the Sindh Health Department would enable the facility to be more readily accessible to people in the province.