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No need to panic; J&K equipped to deal with the emerging situation: LG

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Underlines importance of wearing double face masks, urges people to stay and pray at home

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday said that there was no need for the people to panic over the emerging COVID situation as Jammu and Kashmir is well equipped to deal with it.

He made these remarks while chairing a meeting with the office-bearers and volunteers of Indian Red Cross Society, J&K through virtual mode.

According to an official press release, LG acknowledged the significant role played by Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), and lauded the volunteers for their selflessness and dedicated service towards public.

He called upon them to renew their commitment and determination in complementing government’s efforts to speed up the vaccination drive and tackle the challenges of Covid pandemic.

With the collaborative efforts, we can contribute and play our part in helping those affected during the pandemic, added the LG.

In the wake of second wave of Covid pandemic, LG asked the IRCS to carry on their humanitarian activities and reach out to people, especially those living in remote and far-flung areas, and help the administration in providing food, medical assistance and other essential items to the needy.

Having a strong team of volunteers in all 20 districts of the Union Territory, the Red Cross volunteers delivered food, medicines, and clothes to at least 30,000 families across J&K during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, which is praiseworthy, said the LG.

He assured all possible support of the administration to the IRCS in their cause.

Speaking on the preparedness of the UT government to handle the ongoing pandemic, the LG observed that the people of J&K need not panic.

“We are equipped to deal with the emerging situation. One crore twenty lakh doses are ordered for vaccination of 18 to 45 age-group. Many Oxygen generation plants have become operational and remaining will also start functioning soon. The availability of oxygen is more than double the requirement. We have 54,500 cubic metres of oxygen against the present consumption i.e 25,000 cubic metres, besides 15,000 cubic metres more will be added to the count in coming days,” the LG maintained.

Emphasizing on dissemination of information with regard to the Covid pandemic, the LG asked the IRCS and its volunteers to make people aware about all the do’s and don’ts of Covid.

“There are many out there who are propagating misinformation among the people, which needs to be countered with facts,” he added.

“Use various media of communication and rope in religious leaders, health workers to spread awareness among people in their local languages. Create JK Covid care groups, besides inform people about expert opinions, usage of double face masks & hand sanitizers. IRCS volunteers can provide details regarding vaccination, SoPs, precautionary measures, Covid Helpline numbers, home isolation etc and encourage them to stay at home, and worship at home,” LG urged the volunteers.

Earlier, Kifayat Hussain Rizvi, Honorary General Secretary (IRCS) J&K gave a brief overview about the activities being carried out by the IRCS during Covid pandemic.

Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to LG; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Dr. Raghav Langer, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Vinod Malhotra, Honorary Secretary, IRCS Jammu; Mohammad Yousuf Zargar, Honorary Secretary, IRCS Kashmir, besides representatives of Red Cross volunteers from across the UT attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode.

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