Saving lives, protecting livelihoods is our priority: LG
Says strict enforcement of Test-Track-Treat protocol and vaccination only way to fight pandemic
Jammu: There has to be no compromise on Covid-appropriate behavior, while strict enforcement of Test-Track-Treat protocol together with vaccination is the only long-term solution to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said Friday while chairing meetings with Covid Task Force, Deputy Commissioners and SPs of the UT here at the Civil Secretariat.
During these meeting, the LG took a comprehensive review of the Covid situation across J&K, an official press release informed.
With “substantial addition” of medical Infrastructure and stabilizing positivity rate across UT, the way ahead is to minimize health risks through stringent regulations, Covid SOPs and maximize economic health and social security for people, observed the LG.
During the meeting, Sinha sought feedback from Divisional Commissioners, IGPs, Deputy Commissioners, and SPs on Covid situation across the UT and directed them to ensure the impactful enforcement of all protocols in their respective jurisdictions.
Laying special emphasis on intensifying testing and vaccination, the LG directed the DCs and other concerned officers to make synergized efforts to augment vaccination progress with focus on priority groups. Bank employees, Airport & Railway staff, shopkeepers, farmers, service providers would be vaccinated on priority. He also called for ensuring Covid testing facilities at the Sub-Centre level.
While reviewing the district-wise status of vaccination drive, the LG expressed satisfaction on being informed that Jammu, Ganderbal, and Shopian had achieved 100 percent saturation of 1st dose of vaccination for above 45 age group.
The LG asked other DCs to make concerted efforts to achieve 100 percent saturation in their respective districts at the earliest.
He was also informed that Covid-care centres have been activated in 80 percent Panchayats of the UT.
Emphasizing on proper utilization of CCCs, the LG called for effective functioning of these centres through mobilization of resources.
“Mere development of infrastructure is not going to serve any purpose. We have to ensure that facilities are utilized to their optimum capacities to achieve the desired results on ground,” the LG maintained.
“Ensure CCCs linkages with PHCs and other health centres, ample distribution of Covid kits, tele-medicine facilities, besides prioritizing functioning of centres established in the peripheries. Speed up training of ASHAs, Anganwadi workers, ANMs and other ancillary staff,” Sinha asked the officials.
While emphasizing on taking requisite precautionary measures and carefully monitoring areas with higher positivity rate, he directed for micro-containment zones to isolate such areas, besides timely monitoring and responsive action to break the spread chain.
Meanwhile, the LG also reviewed the installation and functionality of oxygen generation plants, and availability of buffer stock across the UT.
Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce department briefed the LG about the availability of oxygen stock in the UT.
The LG called for utilization of buffer stock of oxygen cylinders for oxygen supply in the Covid-care centres in rural areas as per requirement.
He also appreciated the efforts of Health department for effective handling of the pandemic situation.
Earlier, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo gave a detailed overview of bed occupancy in hospitals, containment activities, status of vaccination drive under different age groups, district-wise daily and weekly trends of Covid-19 cases, testing and positivity rate, recovery rate etc.