ARY News reported on Friday that Minister of Information, Sindh, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah offered a reward to all research students and laboratories who succeed in developing a vaccine for Coronavirus. Nasir Hussain Shah stated that the Sindh government was ready to bear all kinds of expenses in regard of the synthesis of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In his video message, he addressed all the respective institutions and laboratories and presented the offer of a cash prize for whoever succeeds in synthesizing the Coronavirus vaccine.
JUST IN: #Sindh Minister for Local Government Nasir Hussain Shah has announced a prize for any person or research institution that develops a vaccine for the novel #coronavirus. So far, 21 cases of the virus have been detected in the country.#SindhGovt #CoronavirusPandemic pic.twitter.com/xv1jQag9jR
— The Times of Karachi (@TOKCityOfLights) March 13, 2020
This announcement is for encouraging the medical epi-centres at a time when there is a panic-like situation in the province, and the entire world is in frenzy due to a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases. So far, 17 cases have emerged in Sindh, out of 28 across the country. Three of the patients have also recovered and were sent home from hospitals.
The province has declared a state of medical emergency, as a result, closing down schools, colleges, and universities for three months, establishing more isolation wards & quarantine facilities, and installing screening facilities at the airport. The administration has also ordered more diagnostic kits from other countries.
“Science and technology are main tools to control coronavirus or any other disease caused by a bacterium or other reasons, and I hope that an antidote can be developed as soon as possible,” the minister said in the video. The situation is still under control as the Sindh government is taking “all necessary steps in this regard”, he added. He urged the people not to panic, and ignore rumors. He requested media to play a positive role in this regard and not hype up the situation.
As preemptive measures, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Thursday announced that the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) would be played without a crowd to cheer in the National Stadium.
The provincial government also declared that educational institutions across the province would remain closed until May 31. They also postponed examination for the Class IX and X – initially scheduled for March 16.