Bring Positivity Rate Below 2% By June 15: CS Tells DCs

Chief Secretary reviews district-wise COVID containment measures

Srinagar: Expressing concern over the high mortality rate in certain districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta on Friday asked district administrations to remain focussed on bringing the positivity rate below 2% by June 15.

Chairing a meeting to review district-wise Covid containment measures, Mehta observed that certain districts have high mortality rate and it is a matter of major concern, an official spokesperson said. The CS, he said, asked the Deputy Commissioners to ensure that any reason be it late reporting, delayed admission to a hospital or treatment needs to be identified and addressed immediately.

Regarding the restrictive measures in the districts, the CS, as per the official spokesperson, asked the Deputy Commissioners to draw a strategy within the broad framework of the UT level guidelines keeping in view the respective district parameters.

“The Chief Secretary reiterated that the districts need to remain focused in working towards bringing the positivity rate below 2% by 15th of this month,” he said.

The Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Principal Secretary, Home, Divisional Commissioners, Kashmir/ Jammu and all Deputy Commissioners and District Superintendents of Police participated in the meeting.

According to the official spokesperson, Mehta complimented the Health & Medical Education Department for a data driven scientific analysis of the Covid situation across the UT and observed that the district administrations need to work on a localized strategy for coronavirus mitigation keeping in view the analysis based on the five parameters.

“He asked the district administrations to concentrate not only at the district level but also to have the situation closely monitored at the sub-district level,” he said.

“Emphasizing on optimal utilization of panchayat-level Covid care centres to provide timely medical care to patients in rural areas, Chief Secretary asked the district administrations to strengthen such Covid care centres as grid of Covid related services by facilitating Covid testing therein and carrying out at least 10 samples per day towards early detection of Covid cases,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that the CS directed the DCs to train ground level functionaries viz, ASHAs, VLWs, lumbardars, chowkidars etc to spread awareness and ascertain whether people in rural areas have proper facilities to isolate at home and ensure that facilities provided by the Government are being put to proper use.

At the outset, he said, the Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education gave a detailed district-wise analysis of COVID-19 situation in the Union territory based on parameters including weekly new cases, test positivity rate, bed occupancy, case fatality and vaccine coverage.

“It was informed that daily average trends including COVID 19 cases, positivity rate, active cases, and deaths due to COVID are on a decline in the UT,” he said.

As per the official spokesperson status of other important measures and parameters contributing towards COVID mitigation including functionalization of CCCs at Panchayat level, distribution of COVID management kits, oxygen inventory, vaccination coverage and availability was also given out.

He further said that both Divisional Commissioners also presented a brief regarding measures being taken in the respective divisions towards COVID mitigation.

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