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LG calls for 100% vaccination for 45 & above age group by June-end

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Chairs series of meetings on Covid containment

Srinagar: Emphasizing on conducting the vaccination drive on mission mode, the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday fixed June 30, 2021 as a deadline for the 100 percent saturation of the first dose of vaccination for 45 and above age group.

He further directed the officials to ensure that 30 percent of the targeted population falling under 18-44 age group is inoculated with the first dose by July 15th, 2021, an official press release informed.

It said in order to review the effectiveness of containment measures, the LG today chaired a series of meetings with Covid Task Force, Deputy Commissioners, SPs, and other senior officials at the Civil Secretariat here.

Taking a district-wise appraisal of the Covid situation, the LG suggested a host of measures to Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, SPs, Health department to bring down the positivity rate across the UT.

Taking note of the decrease in positivity rate in most districts, the LG observed that the collaborative efforts from all the stakeholders, coupled with comprehensive surveillance of COVID-19, decentralization of healthcare system, accelerated vaccination drive, rigorous testing for early case detection, prompt contact tracing, effective Covid clinical management and continuous augmentation of healthcare infrastructure, human resources and the committed efforts of our doctors, paramedics, and other corona warriors  have yielded favourable results in controlling the spread of the virus in the UT.

“Corona warriors, front-line workers, citizens and the entire team of J&K administration worked hard to save lives and secure our future,” he added.

“Next few days are crucial in terms of making further improvements in all indicators of the Covid containment measures. With optimum utilization of testing and vaccination capacities, strict adherence of SoPs, following Covid-appropriate behaviour in letter and spirit, and by working 24×7, we can address the challenges of the pandemic,” the LG said.

On areas with low vaccination, he directed the concerned DCs to strategize a comprehensive plan in coordination with the Police and Civil administration to accelerate the vaccination drive. Districts with the scope of improvement need to go some extra mile to achieve desirable results.

“Ensure no social gatherings, marriages, and community programmes take place without prior permissions. Constitute joint teams of police, district administration and health department for special enforcement drives and spreading continuous awareness through announcements regarding adherence of Covid-appropriate behaviour, besides conducting door-to-door vaccination and involving community elders to complement the administration’s efforts,” LG directed the DCs.

He also stressed on notifying micro-containment zones on scientific parameters to ensure its effective outcome.

The LG asked the Police department to distribute face masks amongst the violators at checkpoints. The message should be clear that the aim is not only penalizing but care and protecting the people. They need to be aware that the restrictions are for their welfare and safety, he added.

Stressing on effective operationalization of Covid-care centres in Panchayats, the LG instructed the DCs and CMOs to fix the responsibilities for proper functioning of these centres with all requisite facilities and its maintenance.

“Now, as the impact of the Covid has been controlled a greater extent, it has to be ensured that Covid management measures and developmental activities must go together following all SoPs. We have to accelerate development work & build a strong economy with Innovative, Concrete and resolute policies and its implementation,” observed the LG.

Directions were also passed regarding establishment of offices and accommodations for DDC chairpersons; identification of youth for extension of benefits of Mumkin scheme under Mission Youth; hostels for wards of martyrs of police, paramilitary and army; completion of pending works identified under Back to Village programme; training of paramedical and other frontline workers; clearing pendency under PMGKP.

The LG passed specific directions to speed up the process for identification of beneficiaries under the Special SASCM scheme envisaged by the government for families which have lost their bread-earner during pandemic.

The LG also gathered inputs and feedback from the participants of the meetings on the present Covid scenario.

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