PESHAWAR: Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar on Tuesday started vaccination of 4,500 sanitary staff against COVID-19.

Over 250 sanitary workers were vaccinated on the first day while the remaining would be administered vaccines this week.

Zonal managers have prepared lists of staff under their supervision that was shared with the deputy commissioner office for provision of vaccine shots.

Manager Human Resource Saqib Nawaz is appointed as focal person to coordinate with district administration in this regard.

Spokesperson for WSSP Hassan Ali said that sanitary workers have been working on frontline since outbreak of the pandemic who were exposed to COVID-19.

“Although, the company has procured personal protection equipment for its field staff at the start of the pandemic but vaccination is must to protect them against the pandemic,” he said.

The sanitary workers are being vaccinated at Khyber Medical University, Nishtar Hall and Maulvi Ameer Shah Memorial Hospital. The zonal managers are directed to ensure each and every staffer get vaccination.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Hassan Nasir visited different localities of the city and inspected sanitation operation on the second day of 14-day sanitation campaign.

He visited Shaheen Muslim Town, Paharipura, Shaheedabad, Kambuh, Phandu Road, Gulbahar and Dilazak Road.

He was accompanied by General Manager (Ops) Riaz Ahmad Khan and Zonal Managers Amir Gul Khattak and Tariq Aziz. He lauded efforts of the sanitary workers and management staff and asked them to ensure cleaning of each and every drain and street.

The campaign is launched initially in four union councils including Tehkal, Landi Arbab, Paharipura and Shaheen Muslim Town that will be extended to all union councils. The Operation Department has constituted special teams that will work in two shifts. They have started cleaning narrow drains and accessing points that could not be cleaned due to inaccessibility.

Plots that were turned into dumping ground would also be cleaned for which machinery has already been deployed. Routine sanitation operation will go on apart from the campaign.

Teams of community development officers have started awareness drive holding corner meetings with traders, Ulema, teachers and people from all walks of life and sensitising them on water and sanitation.