J&K Govt Orders DC’s Enforce Round The Clock Lockdown

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Srinagar: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Baseer Ahmad Khan on Saturday directed Deputy Commissioners to enforce round the clock lock-down and take strict action against the violators.

Khan, who is overall in-charge of coronavirus control efforts (CCE) in Kashmir division passed these directions while chairing a high level meeting to review the arrangements and preparedness to combat coronavirus pandemic in the valley, an official handout said.

Khan directed DCs to plug all loopholes immediately and take strict action against people who try to break the lockdown. He asked DCs to involve religious heads so that they can advise their followers against holding any congregations and spread awareness about observing social distancing norms to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.

Lauding the role of frontline workers, including doctors, medical staff and essential services employee, Khan said that two lakh N-95 masks and adequate number of ventilators will reach the valley soon.

“There is a complete synergy between government and medical workers. We have to work in unison and support each other in present circumstances”, handout said.

It added that the Advisor also reviewed random & rapid testing facilities in hospitals, Red Zones & Buffer Zones, door to door screening, cases in hospital isolation, suspected persons in Administrative & Home Quarantines, additional quarantine facilities, distribution of personal kits & masks, VTM kits, functioning of 24×7 control rooms, contact tracing, surveillance teams, online training programmes for medical technicians, power & water supply, FIRs lodged, sealing of shops, seizure of vehicles, establishment of De-Contamination tunnels at all hospitals, distribution of ration at door steps and other measures.

Director SKIMS informed the meeting that the institution is focusing on increasing the Covid-19 testing facilities and pooled their own resources. He said that the institute would increase testing facility and upto 1000 tests will be done in a single day, the official handout said.

Khan directed the officials to put in their best efforts to prevent the spread of virus and asked them to intensify efforts to find anyone and everyone 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.

Advisor Khan directed concerned officers to attach all administrative quarantines to the COVID-19 hospitals in the Srinagar district.

“To prevent allergies from female Russian Poplars, he directed DCs to axe down all such trees immediately especially in close areas of habitations,” the official statement said.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole, Director SKIMS, Dr. A G Ahanger, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Directors of RDD, NRLM and Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division attended the meeting, the handout added.

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