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LG reviews Covid control measures, calls for speeding up vaccination, testing & tracing

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Directs stern action against those involved in hoarding of essentials, medicines

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha Monday 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, Tehsil and Panchayat levels, for effective management of the pandemic.

Chairing a meeting with Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police from across the UT, through virtual mode to review the Covid scenario in J&K, the LG emphasized on enhanced coordination of officers at district level along with constitution of local monitoring teams, an official press release informed.

It said 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 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 and medicines. Every officer should remain available, through online mode also, for providing public utilities and ensuring that important and routine works do not suffer during restrictions and public do not face any inconvenience,” LG instructed the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police.

He also 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 LG 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.

During the meeting, Chief Secretary 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 LG 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.

The LG also 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 LG directed the DCs and SPs to provide factual information on Covid situation to counter miscreants at the district level itself.

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.

The LG 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.

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