Shehzad Naveed

SWAT: After lifting of lockdown from the picturesque Swat valley after easing of coronavirus situation, a large number of tourists from different parts of the country have started arriving in the valley.

Famous tourist destinations of Swat including Kalam, Malam Jabba, Madian, Bahrain, Mahodhand, Marghzar and other areas are witnessing arrival of many tourists and tourism industry has become fully active.

However, the influx of tourist has given rise to fears that coronavirus cases might witness spike again if coronavirus-related standard operating procedures (SOPs) and precautionary measures were not adopted in letter and spirit. Keeping in view these concerns, District Health Officer (DHO) Swat Dr Muhammad Saleem has said that the facility of corona vaccination is being provided to tourists. He said tourists arriving in Swat can get vaccination from any centre in the area. He said the tourists just need to register themselves for vaccination through an SMS and then they may be vaccinated according to their convenience.

The DHO said the facility of vaccination has been provided at hospitals and health centres near the tourist resorts in Swat. He said tourists can utilise the facility of vaccination just like local residents. The hospitals with coronavirus vaccination facilities include Civil Hospital Barikot, Kabal, Matta, Mingora, Khwazakhela, Kalam, Madian, Kidney Hospital, Saidu Group of Hospital, Rural Health Centre Darmai, Dolai, Chaprial, Basic Health Unit Charbagh and Fatehpur. Besides that arrangements for mass vaccination have been made at Wadoodia Hall.

Dr Muhammad Saleem appealed to tourists to fully observe coronavirus SOPs to avoid the spread of the virus. Tourists appreciated the administration for ensuring facility of vaccination.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Department Monday issued SOPs for tourism sector that will be implemented in all tourist spots of the province in general and particularly in Malakand and Hazara divisions. The guidelines were issued as tourists were allowed to visit hill stations across KP.

Hotels, guest houses and restaurants will display information regarding SOPs. All tourists are needed to make sure before their journey that they are healthy and physically sound and fit. Every tourist should compulsorily carry corona negative certificate and identity card before departure for tourist sites.

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