LG Briefs PM About Combat Efforts in Kashmir

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu on Saturday briefed Prime Minister, Narendra Modi about the efforts Union Territory administration in management and containment of Covid-19 pandemic in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Prime Minister was interacting with Chief Ministers and heads of all States/UTs through video conferencing to review the efforts to combat Covid-19.

The LG informed the PM that the UT has recorded 224 positive cases and four deaths due to the disease, and with 98% of the cases having travel history or contacts of the positive patients, an official handout said today. The PM was also informed that 5 districts are affected with coronavirus and 77 areas have been declared as Red Zones.

“He further informed that 16 dedicated COVID Hospitals with 208 ventilators, besides 2500 isolation beds, 25000 non hospital beds are available and 400 more ventilators are being procured. Further, about 5500 people are under home quarantine and 30,000 labourers are living in camps. Around 18,000 health care professionals; 30,000 police personnel and others have been trained, who are working towards the containment of the spread of coronavirus,” the LG, according to the handout said.

The statement further says that Murmu apprised the PM that the UT administration has rolled out an effective mechanism and strenuous efforts were underway to reach out to the beneficiaries under various welfare schemes. He also informed the PM about the dedicated call centres established to assist the stranded labourers and students from and outside the UT.

“During the interaction, the PM observed that next 3-4 weeks are critical to determine impact of steps taken till now to curb spread of the virus and suggested specific measures for agriculture and allied sector,” the handout read.

Soon after the video conferencing, the LG chaired a meeting on Covid-19 control efforts and directed for effective implementation of restrictions in Red-Zones with aggressive & targeted testing to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the official handout, Murmu directed for conducting 100% testing of inmates of old age homes in wake of the emerging situation and entrusted upon the officers to ensure supply of essentials in Red Zones so that people do not face any inconvenience on this part.

“As precautionary measures, the LG stressed on immediate capacity enhancement with regard to availability of quarantine and isolation beds and directed for enhancing of infrastructural requirement in J&K,” the handout said.

It further said that the LG directed for readying at least 3000 quarantine beds, and minimum 2500 isolation beds in Kashmir and 1500 beds in Jammu. He further directed for sufficient supply of nebulizers and Oxygen canisters and emphasized on the maintenance of strict quarantine and isolation protocol across J&K.

Deliberations were also held on various important issues including stock positioning of protective equipments; intensifying contact tracing campaign; smooth transportation of essential commodities; effective mobilization of volunteers; conducting of health checkups on regular basis; fumigation and sanitation drives; besides other preventive measures.

BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Dilbag Singh , DGP; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education; Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary to Government, Home Department; Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.

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