Jammu: As Jammu and Kashmir struggles to contain the spread of deadly coronavirus infection, the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Monday called for speeding up the vaccination drive, besides intensifying testing and contacts tracing across the Union Territory.
Chairing a meeting with Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police from across the UT, through virtual mode to review the situation, the LG directed for constituting Covid Management teams consisting of DC, SP, CMO, other senior officers including Principal of the concerned Government Medical College at District level, wherever available, besides local monitoring teams at Block level, Tehsil Level and Panchayat level, for effective Covid management, an official spokesperson said.
During the meeting, Sinha, he said, emphasized on enhanced coordination of officers at district level along with constitution of local monitoring teams.
“While reviewing the district-wise status of Covid control measures, the LG directed the district administrations for speeding up the Vaccination drive, besides intensifying testing and contacts tracing across the Union Territory,” the official spokesperson said.
He said that the LG also asked the DCs and SPs to maintain effective synergy for strict enforcement of restrictions in the areas being declared as Micro Containment Zones and ensure proper functioning of Covid Control rooms in every District.
“Keep strict vigil on black marketing and rates of essentials, and ensure stern action against those involved in hoarding of essentials & medicines. Every officer should remain available, through online mode also, for providing public utilities and ensuring that important & routine works do not suffer during restrictions and public do not face any inconvenience,” the LG said, as per official spokesperson, while instructing the DCs and SPs
The official spokesperson further said that the LG directed the concerned officers for ensuring implementation of an effective Covid Management plan from District level to the villages at Panchayat level.
“Emphasizing on proper functionality of oxygen generation plants, the Lt Governor asked the Divisional Commissioners to keep a close monitoring on functioning of these oxygen generation plants, besides ensuring uninterrupted 24×7 power supply to the oxygen plants and an alternative backup of oxygen supply,” he added.
During the meeting, he said, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam briefed that two divisional level Committees have been constituted to ensure proper and judicious utilization of Oxygen supply, audit of the availability and consumption of oxygen in all hospitals across UT, assess the requirement of each hospital, besides the amount of back up and buffer stock required.
“It was also informed that three war rooms have also been set up under the chairmanship of Secretary, Industries & Commerce to coordinate and ensure supply of oxygen and check hoarding,” the official spokesperson said.
“The Lt Governor directed the Health department to ensure the availability of Doctors through online mode for all patients (Covid and Non Covid) to provide them necessary medical advice,” he added.
He further said that the LG further suggested for roping in religious leaders and elected representatives for creating awareness among the people regarding the advisories and SOPs of Union Health Ministry and J&K’s Health department to combat Covid-19 spread.
“While stressing upon the efforts to reach out to the people with correct information, the Lt Governor directed the Deputy Commissioners and SPs to provide factual information on Covid situation to counter miscreants at the District level itself,” he added.
He further said that the directions were also passed to the concerned officers for completion of the payments under MGNREGA within 10 days instead of 15 days, on priority basis, besides ensuring continuous extension of pensions and benefits of various beneficiary oriented schemes.
According to the official spokesperson Sinha also shared with all DCs and SPs, the decisions and suggestions brought out during an Apex Group meeting. He stressed for judicious and rational admission of Covid patients from level-1 and level-2 hospitals to level-3 hospitals.
Besides Subrahmanyam, the meeting was also attended in person and through virtual mode by LG’s advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, DGP Dilbag Singh, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary, Power Development Department and Information Department Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary to the Government, Public Works (R&B) Department Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the LG Nitishwar Kumar, ADGP Mukesh Singh, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr. Raghav Langer, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, Mission Director, NHM Choudhary Mohammad Yasin, and HoDs of various departments.
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