Dharti News: The Provincial Task Force on Coronavirus (Sindh) has decided to resume educational, business, and social activities all over the province from September 15, if the COVID-19 situation does not deteriorate.
According to a press release, the decision was proposed by the National Coordination Committee, but the provincial government decided to review the situation in the first week of next month to go ahead with the plan.
COVID-19 Situation and Schools
Shah said that in the first week of September “we will sit again to review the situation and decide the opening of the social, business and educational activities”.
“Once it is allowed, the home department would issue notification of the opening of the activities and announce SOPs,” he said.
The meeting was held here on Saturday with Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair, while provincial ministers, Dr Azra Pechuho, Saeed Ghani, Mukesh Chawla, Nasir Shah, and Murtaza Wahab along with Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahalwani, and Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi were also present.
Economic Sector Opening
Later on, Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi read out the key COVID-19 situation recommendations released by the World Health Organisation on the reopening of economic sectors.
- Share best practices.
- Apply lessons learned from countries that are successfully reopening social activities, including business, schools and other services and mitigating the resurgence of COVID-19 situation.
- Sustain political commitment and leadership for national strategies and localised response activities driven by science, data, and experience and engage all sectors in addressing the impact of the pandemic.
- Continue to enhance capacity for public health surveillance, testing and contact tracing.
- Strengthen community engagement, empower individuals and build trust by addressing mis/disinformation and providing clear guidance, rationales and resources for public health measures.
- Engage in the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) accelerator, participate in relevant trials and prepare for safe and effective therapeutic vaccine introduction.
- Maintain essential health services with sufficient funding, supplies and human resources, prepare health systems to cope with resources, prepare health systems to cope with seasonal influenza, other COVID-19 situation outbreak and natural disasters.