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Vaccination of frontline health workers begins in KP

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on Wednesday formally launched the Covid-19 vaccination drive of frontline health workers in the province.

At a launching ceremony seven health workers – Director Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Peshawar Dr. Faisal Shehzad, Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Shah, staff nurse  Ayesha Zahir from Hayatabad Medical Complex, Dr. Abid Ali and charge nurse Waqarullah from Khyber Teaching Hospital, charge nurse Tariq Rahim and technician Saeedullah of Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar – were vaccinated against Covid-19.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has received the first batch of vaccines containing 16,000 doses, adding in the first phase of vaccination frontline health workers would be vaccinated as per the guidelines of federal government and NCOC.

The chief minister said for the first phase of vaccination, eight districts with highest positivity rate were selected. These districts are:  Peshawar, Swat, Abbottabad, Bannu, D.I. Khan, Kohat, Mardan and Nowshera. Mahmood Khan extended gratitude to the federal government. 

He said 3,194 health workers were affected by coronavirus and 32 of them lost their lives. He lauded the services of frontline health workers during the pandemic and said they were the real heroes of the nation who rendered valuable services during the first wave of the pandemic and a number of them even lost their lives to save the lives of others.

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