March 10, 2020 9:20 pm

COVID-19 Threat: Div Com Reviews Preparedness, Asks People Not To Panic

SRINAGAR – The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired a high level meeting to review preparedness to tackle Coro­navirus (COVID-19) threat put in place by line departments across the valley.

The meeting was informed that Isolation wards have been earmarked in SKIMS, Chest Dis­ease hospital and in each dis­trict hospitals besides setting up Separate Isolation Hospital at Maternity home, Sanat Nagar, Srinagar, where strict isolation facility has been put in place.

Microbiology department in SKIMS has already started Coro­navirus testing facilities for sus­pected cases.

Five screening desks were es­tablished at Airport and Screen­ing camps erected at Lower Munda, Qazigund and Zig morh at Kulgam besides at various Railway stations for round the clock testing and filling of self-declaration forms.

The meeting was informed that 1206 vehicles carrying 13,140 passengers have been screened at zig morh including two foreigners.

Deputy Commissioner, Sri­nagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choud­hary said that quarantine facili­ties have been set up at several places in the district. These fa­cilities include 615 rooms made available in 11 buildings at dif­ferent areas.

He said the setting up of these quarantine facilities is in tandem with Standard Operat­ing Procedure advised by the World Health Organization for prevention of spread of Coro­navirus. Dr Shahid said that the two 24×7 control rooms have been set up by district adminis­tration and health department have been activated.

For Quarantine purpose 614 beds earmarked in nine districts which include 76 in Budgam, 105 in Baramullah, 45 in Ban­dipora, 70 in Ganderbal, 74 in Kupwara, 73 in Pulwama, 104 in Anantnag, 41 in Kulgam and 26 beds in Shopian district.Daily surveillance of Respiratory Tract Infection cases including OPD in ten districts is going on besides, Rapid Response Teams (RRT) are in place in every district, sam­ples are being collected, data analyzed and Cluster cases are investigated.

It was further informed that 24×7 control rooms are func­tioning in each district and advi­sory is being circulated in media with Helpline numbers. Besides, two lac pamphlets of Preven­tive Measures have already been distributed at district levels while daily surveillance teams have been designated at Schools, Highways, Offices, Rail­way Stations and other public places. The teams report to the concerned district administra­tions on daily basis.

The Divisional Commis­sioner directed the concerned to launch intense fumigation at schools, offices, police stations, around hospitals and other crowded places.

For mass awareness, he asked officials to rope in Imams, Pan­chayats, PRIs, NGOs and Asha Workers so that people are made aware about the preven­tive measures to be taken to avert Coronovirus infection.

Schools were directed to ded­icate five minutes, every day, to disseminate information about preventive measures regarding Cronovirus infection.

Concerned officers were di­rected to conduct strict screen­ing at Airport, railway stations, Highways and Tourist Places so that nobody can skip the test. Screening should be made ex­pedient with filling of Self dec­laration form. The Div Com di­rected the concerned to install more CCTVs cameras at impor­tant public places.

He asked the Private Hos­pitals to cooperate with con­cerned district administrations for dissemination of real time information of suspected case.

The Divisional Commissioner stressed concerned to adopt co­ordinated and collective efforts on mission mode to ward off the threat posed by Coronavi­rus (COVID-19).

Deputy Commissioner Sri­nagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choud­hary, Additional Commissioner Kashmir Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Director Health Services, Kash­mir, Dr Sameer Mattoo, Direc­tor SKIMS, Dr AG Ahanger, Principal GMC, Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid, Director ULB, GMSRTC, Director Airport and other concerned officials were present in the meeting where as other Deputy Commission­ers participated the meeting through video conferencing. :


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