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Div Com directs for audit of adherence to COVID SOPs across edu institutions

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Srinagar: The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K. Pole has directed for surveillance of educational institutions across Kashmir to see if Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with respect to COVID-19 are being followed, an official press release informed Tuesday.

It said the monitoring teams were framed three days back on March 05 on the directions of Div Com and comprises various levels of officers from Divisional Covid-19 Control Room Kashmir (DCCRK) viz. SSO Kashmir, Community Medicine specialists besides medical officers from the Health department

As per an official statement issued by DCCRK, these monitoring teams have started carrying out comprehensive school/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 the current pandemic.

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 Covid-appropriate behavior and SOPs to the divisional administration.

The statement reads that all the district administrators were also directed 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 the school authorities to follow Covid-appropriate behavior within their schools so that the administration is able to continue with keeping the schools open.

Any school showing non-adherence in following the set SOPs, shall warrant strict action from the administration, the statement warned.

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