Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has said that the coronavirus is still in Pakistan, warning people that now is not the time to take off masks.
Speaking at a ceremony, Dr Sultan said that the pandemic can be controlled if people vaccinate and maintain social distancing.
Updating on the status of vaccinations, he said that almost 20 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Pakistan.
He warned that only abiding by the SOPs would keep the fourth COVID-19 wave under control.
Dr Sultan stated that vaccines only prevent effects of the coronavirus, adding that people should continue to wear masks.
Meanwhile, to encourage people to wear face masks, the World Health Organisation (WHO), in collaboration with district health authorities of Islamabad, is launching a campaign titled ‘Wear a Mask – Protect Pakistan’.
WHO’s representative in Pakistan, Doctor Palitha Mahipala, addressed the campaign and remarked that the vaccination campaign in Pakistan is going well.
Mahipala said that the goal of the WHO’s campaign is to make use of masks mandatory and in the coming days, the world body will launch a campaign distributing masks at railway stations, bus stops, and other public places.
The WHO representative remarked that the outbreak of coronavirus can be easily controlled in Pakistan.