After the UK, variants from South Africa and Brazil have entered the Sindh: Dra. Azra Pechuho

After the UK, variants from South Africa and Brazil have entered the Sindh: Dra.  Azra Pechuho

Sindh Minister of Health, Dr. Azra Pitchuho, issued a video statement to Sindh people on April 30, 2021.- Video screenshot with permission from Population Health and Welfare Department, Sindh

  • The Sindh health minister is warning residents that after the British variant of the coronavirus, the South African and Brazilian variants have also been detected in the province.
  • And he warns that the latter two “do not respond to the vaccine,” so it is possible that a person who catches COVID-19 through one of these strains is a “serious” patient.
  • Urging people to restrict movement; “If you don’t do the Eid shopping this year, it won’t be a big deal.”

Sindh Minister of Health, Dr. Azra Pichuho, warned residents on Friday to take extra precautions in the wake of the discovery of coronavirus variants in the United Kingdom and now in South Africa and Brazil in the province.

In a video message published by the Ministry of Health and Population Welfare of Sindh, Dr Pichuho said that in a 13-sample genome study conducted by the Aga Khan University Hospital, there were 10 variants in the UK, one of them was a South African variant and one had a Brazilian variant.

So you can understand the nature of the emergency, and the stress it can put on hospitals. The UK variant is spreading very quickly. He said it has a 60% infection rate and 68% death rate. He added that the death rates between the South African and Brazilian variants are “very high”.

What is worrying, Dr Pechuho said, is that the South African and Brazilian variants “do not respond to the vaccine,” so a person who catches COVID-19 through one of these strains is likely to be a “serious” patient, despite being vaccinated.

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He advised the masses to avoid crowds, including small social gatherings inside homes, as well as unnecessary travel.

“If you don’t go shopping for Eid this year, it won’t be a big problem,” he said.

The Minister of Health said that the “negligence” pretended by the masses in general has raised alarms, warning that the health infrastructure will be overwhelmed with fans, oxygen and the family, which will not be sufficient if they continue to do so.

Dr Pechuho warned that if we do not take due care, we may face a situation like this in India.

We have to take a “proactive approach” because if the situation worsens, “there is no way to stop it,” he said.

The Minister of Health stressed that “we may have to make reservations, but before this happens, take care of yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors, because humanity requires us to care about and think about others.”

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