Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday ordered door to door testing in ‘Red Zones’ to contain and break the chain of deadly coronavirus infection in the Union Territory.
The directions, according to an official spokesperson were issued by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan during a meeting here to review stock and supply position of medicines and other measures to control Covid-19 in the Union Territory, an official spokesperson said.
Addressing senior government officials, Khan said that that door to door testing of people residing in ‘Red Zones’ must be conducted in strict manner so that chain of Covid-19 virus is broken. He urged the people to inform the administration in case they know any foreign traveller who has recently arrived from abroad in their neighbourhood, family, friend and social circle, in the larger interest of public, the spokesperson said.
The Advisor directed the officials to put in their best efforts to prevent the spread of the virus and asked them to intensify efforts to find anyone who might have come in contact with the suspected cases. He said that proper guidelines need to be followed while dealing with the evolving corona virus situation.
Khan said that persons who are being home quarantined for 14 days are properly monitored so that there is no chance of further contamination.
“He said that record of persons who are coming from outside must be maintained so that a proper surveillance is kept on them. He stressed on sanitatization and fumigation particularly in the Red zone area,” the official spokesperson said.
The meeting was attended by Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM), J&K, Bhupinder Kumar and MD J&K Medical Supplies Corporation, Shiv Kumar Gupta. Director SKIMS Soura, Dr AG Ahangar, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Samir Mattoo, Principal Government Medical College Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid, and Principal SKIMS Medical College Bemina, Dr Riyaz Untoo participated in the meeting via video conferencing.
The Advisor directed that suitable buildings close to hospitals should be taken for quarantine and Isolation Centers for the Covid -19 suspects. The buildings will also be used for accommodation of medical staff presently working in different hospitals. It was decided that Indoor stadium Baramulla would be taken for quarantine facility Centre.
The advisor was informed that there is no shortage of medicines and triple layer masks in Kashmir valley and testing of suspected coronavirus patients are being done by the doctors as per the health guidelines.
The meeting also discussed the facilities made available at quarantine facilities for shifting of suspected cases. It was informed that overall situation is under control and health institutions are ready to combat any emergency.
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