Srinagar- Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Aijaz Asad on Thursday said that the administration is encapsulated with a lot of challenges as the new year has got a warmer welcome by a new variant of COVID-19 Omicron which has been declared as a variant of concern by the WHO.
Asad said that the transition from 2021 to 2022 doesn’t look like a smooth transition as the new variant is a new challenge for them, which means “we are not out of Covid-19 situation as yet.”
He said that the way there is a spike in cases across the globe with the imminent threat of a third wave, 2022 seems to be a bigger challenge than 2021.
Asad that all efforts are being put in place to overcome the third wave and the audit for more oxygen plants is in progress, while review is being conducted for drugs supplies and staff in hospitals. “All the things are reviewed based on the experiences of the virus in the previous year. The medical teams are better repaired and battle-hardened to combat the third wave of virus,” he said.
He said as there is a spike in positive cases, all international travellers at Srinagar International Airport are tested and they are kept in isolation till test reports are received. “In Srinagar around 700 international travellers have come which include tourists, local residents of J&K, of which 6 travellers have found positive, however, no case of Omicron has been detected as yet,” he said.
About winter preparedness, Asad said that the main difficulty in winters is to ensure smooth supply of electricity. “LG has directed to repair all the damaged transformers immediately along with 100 buffer stock of transformers are in place in Srinagar district, while around 230 electric poles are stored for winters as well to overcome the challenge,” he said.
He also said that there is sufficient stock available for a smooth supply of electricity in the winter. “All transformer repair workshops have been activated and the staff is on duty with night shift duties. For snow clearance, the mechanical engineering wing, SMC and R&B are fully prepared. The men and machinery required for snow clearance will be deployed as they are in readiness mode,” he said. (KNS)
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