Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday directed the Covid-19 Control Room Kashmir to carry out comprehensive school and college visits across all the districts of the Valley to ensure strong health surveillance and monitoring amongst students and staff.
These directions were passed by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K. Pole on Tuesday, an official spokesperson said.
He said that the Covid Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) monitoring teams were framed on March 5, on the directions of Div Com and comprises of various levels of officers from Divisional Covid-19 Control Room Kashmir (DCCRK) viz. SSO Kashmir, Community Medicine Specialists besides Medical Officers from health department
As per official statement issued by DCCRK, these monitoring teams have started carrying out comprehensive school and college visits across all the districts of Kashmir division.
“These teams were directed by the In-charge DCCRK; Tahir Ahmad Magray to keep a strong Public health surveillance system mechanism in place so that a risk assessment of Covid-19 infection is done in these schools on routine basis till the disease enters an endemic stage of this current pandemic,” the statement said.
“These teams shall be visiting public as well as private schools in their monitoring districts and will submit first hand reports from these educational institutions regarding the implementation of CAB and SOPs to the Divisional Administration,” it added.
The statement further read that all the district administrators were also directed by the Divisional Administration to keep strong robust surveillance mechanisms intact in their districts so that these institutions function in a hassle free manner as they have been reopened after a gap of two years.
“It was given out that the Divisional Administration has also directed school authorities to follow CAB all the time within their schools so that the administration is able to continue its decision regarding reopening of schools in a very smooth way,” the handout read.
“Meanwhile, any school showing derailment in following the set SOPs, CAB shall warrant strict action from the administration,” it added.
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