LG reviews COVID situation across UT

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday reviewed the COVID-19 situation across the UT in a series of meetings with the members of Covid Task Force, DCs & SPs.During the meetings, the Lt Governor reiterated the importance of Tele-consultation, expanding the services to far-flung areas and efficient monitoring of those in home isolation.

He also underlined the importance of involving the community in awareness campaigns to sensitize people on mask usage and COVID protocol. “We need to protect healthcare personnel, patients and communities, and accordingly, our focus should remain on ramping up healthcare infrastructure, availability of oxygen, ventilators, essential medicines, etc.” the Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor stressed that Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Covid Appropriate Behaviour and Vaccination will continue to be our strategy to fight the Covid-19 effectively.

He impressed the officials to ensure the proper implementation of Covid Protocol and CAB to break the transmission chain effectively.

The Lt Governor was briefed about the Covid containment measures at the district level, including the functionality of War rooms, Covid help-lines, IEC campaign regarding Covid Appropriate Behaviour, distribution of COVID kits, besides facilities for extending assistance to people in need.

The chair also took stock of the vaccination drive for the 15-18 years age group and the precaution dose vaccination for healthcare and frontline workers and those over 60 years of age with co-morbidities.

Deputy Commissioners and other concerned officials were directed to publicize the COVID helpline and other emergency contact numbers widely.

Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, gave a detailed briefing on the district-wise analysis of the COVID-19 situation, the status of testing, contact tracing and vaccination across the UT of bed occupancy in the designated hospitals.

It was informed that five districts – Kulgam, Shopian, Anantnag, Ganderbal and Poonchhade completed the 100% coverage of 1st dose of vaccination in the 15-18 years age group, besides 70 per cent of the total targeted population in the 15-18 years age group has been inoculated with the first dose across the UT.

The chair also took stock of the implementation of directions passed in previous meetings.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lt Governor; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department; Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Government, Public Works (R&B) Department; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; besides senior officers of civil and police administration attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode.