LAHORE - Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said here on Monday that there was an inverse link between number of vaccinated people and the number of new infections hence everyone must get themselves vaccinated.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony between the Minister’s Delivery Unit (MDU), Health Department, and the University of Central Punjab, she said that awareness among youth was key to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Present on the occasion were UCP Pro-Rector Dr Nasar Ikram, Dr Faisal Mustafa, Majid Rafique, Prof Javed Ch, Sajjad Hafeez and a number of students. MDU Manager Sajjad Hafeez and UCP Pro-Rector Dr Nasr Ikram signed the MoU to strengthen partnership for research and awareness initiatives between the MDU and the UCP.

The health minister said: “I congratulate the management of the UCP for vaccinating 80pc of their students. The UCP students have become ambassadors for vaccination and role model for educational institutions by coming forward and getting themselves vaccinated. The only way to end corona pandemic is to comply with SOPs and get vaccinated. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the NCOC has provided excellent leadership during the pandemic. The third wave was most dangerous of all, and it affected a large number of people. My appreciation is for frontline workers. Prevention is always better than cure so we must adopt preventive measures. Rumors on vaccination mislead people and every Pakistani must get themselves vaccinated.”

Speaking further, the minister said: “Some 26 years ago, I started working on Thalassaemia awareness and today we are working dedicatedly on it. For every good work, there has to be a start. Pakistan has introduced pre-marriage Thalassaemia test. By use of mask, we can prevent spread of coronavirus by 80pc. We have to give a strong message to the world by getting ourselves vaccinated. This agreement with UCP is of great importance as this would strengthen linkage between the department and the academia. Under this agreement, Health Screening camps will be set up and students will be educated about communicable and non communicable diseases. Students of advanced degree course will support us in research and data analysis. I greatly appreciate Sajjad Hafeez and his team for creating awareness among UCP students and for initiating a partnership.”

Sajjad Hafeez highlighted the objective of Youth Ambassadors Outreach Program and spoke at length on the initiative to bring on board the Academia in awareness and research activities.