Divisional commissioner Jammu, Dr. Raghav Langar had an exclusive interview with JK Media executive Ashish Kohli where he spoke about the strategies to to face the covid-19 virus.
Q. Sir, what is the current covid situation in Jammu and how are we managing it?
I feel Jammu is a safer place than other states and UTs right now. This is due to the precautions taken by the Administration. 100% testing at Lakhanpur was carried out when there was a plateau in the number of cases across the Country. The cases have started rising and we are on peak.
Q. How are we handling the situation in J&K?
The situations are tough but we are handling them with strategies. First one being the covid appropriate behaviour which is wearing mask, maintaining social distancing and following the standard operating procedures to contain the cases.
Vaccination is another strategy. Jammu and Kashmir is quite ahead in the mass vaccination process. We are fulfilling our current targets of vaccinating people. We all have got vaccinated including the frontline workers and there’s no need to fear it. We are safe and working too. From 18 to 45 is the next slot and I urge people to come forward and get vaccinated.
The next is the covid infrastructure. We have recently dedicated 23 Hospitals for COVID-19 patients. Like last year in 10 districts, 99 healthcare centres with 8000 bed capacities will be reactivated which will intake a-symptomatic and mild symptom patients so that our Hospitals have good number of beds for patients with serious problems. By this, we will not land in any chaotic situation.
Test, track and treat is a golden strategy. On National level, J&K’s testing rate is quite impressive. 18000-19000 RAT tests are being conducted on daily basis in Jammu region. Tourists at all 3 incoming places are being tested. We have 600-700 in-flowing tourists at the Airport, 3000 at the Railway Station and around 5000 at Lakhanpur entry point. They all go through the covid tests. Sweep and target testing are being performed. Now the centres have been put up near the Jawahar Tunnel in Banihal.
Declaring areas as micro containment zones has been very helpful. Instead if disturbing the surroundings, the entry and exit points of areas with more number of positive cases are closed. A sweep tests is performed on the residents and the infected people are put in isolation. Currently, there are 29 micro containment zones in Jammu region.
The role of sustained IEC campaign is very important. I’ve been to all general zones in the last 1.5 months. More than 90% of the people wear masks and are careful about the virus. The enforcement is good.
Last but not the least, the support of our public has been tremendous. The maturity they have shown in understanding the situation has been helpful. People have understood that health is the priority worldwide. Even in our weekend lockdown and alternate shop opening implementation, the people of Jammu have shown a good support.
Though the cases are rising, the situation is under control, however we are watchful. We cannot off guard our precautions. New strategies are getting developed with as situation evolves and a regular check by our team is performed.
Q. Few day back you organised a meeting about a campaign for poor people who cannot afford beds in private Hospitals. Where has the process reached?
This is a time of health crisis and definitely one shouldn’t promote commercial benefits. This problem is at National level and we all should help each other. The Private Healthcare sector has shown positive intent in public welfare. One clear cut bottom line – No one can charge exorbitant rates in such medical emergency.I don’t think we would give a second thought in repositioning private centres, if required.
At last, I want to thank all our back end workers for sacrificing their lives. Their department work 24*7 with different shifts of people working continuously in PPE kits. They deliver the reports in time and work for the safety of general public.
Covid Variant Found In India Now In 44 Countries
Covid Variant Found In India In October Now In 44 Countries: WHO
The WHO said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19, first found in India in October, had been detected in sequences uploaded to the GISAID open-access database “from 44 countries in all six WHO regions.”
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that a variant of Covid-19 behind the acceleration of India’s explosive outbreak has been found in dozens of countries all over the world.
The UN health agency said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19, first found in India in October, had been detected in more than 4,500 samples uploaded to an open-access database “from 44 countries in all six WHO regions”.
Outside of India, it said that Britain has been the most affected and had reported the largest number of Covid cases caused by the variant.
Earlier this week, the WHO declared B.1.617 – which counts three so-called sub-lineages with slightly different mutations and characteristics – as a “variant of concern”.
It was therefore added to the list containing three other variants of Covid-19 — those first detected in Britain, Brazil and South Africa.
The variants are seen as more dangerous than the original version of the virus because they are either being more transmissible, deadly or able to get past some vaccine protections.
The WHO explained Wednesday that B.1.617 was added to the list because it appears to be transmitting more easily than the original virus, pointing to the “rapid increases in prevalence in multiple countries”.
WHO also pointed to “preliminary evidence” that the variant was more resistant to treatment with the monoclonal antibody Bamlanivimab, and also highlighted early lab studies indicating “limited reduction in neutralisation by antibodies”.
It stressed, though, that “real-world impacts” on the effectiveness of vaccines against the variant for instance “may be limited”.
WHO said the spread of B.1.617, alongside other more transmittable variants, appeared to be one of several factors fuelling India’s dramatic surge in new cases and deaths.
India — a country of 1.3 billion people — is the world’s second-most infected after the United States with nearly 23 million Covid-19 cases, and is currently recording more than 300,000 new cases and close to 4,000 deaths each day.
The new surge in cases has ravaged major cities, including the capital New Delhi and financial hub Mumbai, pushing hospitals to breaking point and leading to severe shortages in oxygen and beds.
“WHO found that resurgence and acceleration of Covid-19 transmission in India had several potential contributing factors, including increase in the proportion of cases of SARS-CoV-2 variants with potentially increased transmissibility,” it said.
It also pointed to “several religious and political mass gathering events which increased social mixing; and, under-use of and reduced adherence to public health and social measures”.
“The exact contributions of each of these factors on increased transmission in India are not well understood.”
WHO stressed that so far, only 0.1 percent of positive Covid tests in India had been genetically sequenced and uploaded to the GISAID database to identify the variant in question.
By the end of April, B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2 accounted for 21 and seven percent respectively of all sequenced samples from India, it said.
“PM Cares Fund Ventilators in GMC Jammu to be audited”, Dr. Jitendra Singh
PM Cares Fund Ventilators in GMC to be audited as ordered by Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh. He has called for the audit of ventilators under Prime Minister Cares Fund at the Government Medical College in Jammu.
After continuous efforts of JK Media to reach out to PMO about the ventilators condition in Jammu region, Dr. Jitendra Singh called for a high level meeting on a short notice. As per reports, he issued an order of daily bulletin on Covid situations and ventilators in Jammu.
“Called for Audit of Ventilators and Oxygen, regular issue of bulletin updating about the status of COVID management and keeping the public representatives informed about what is being done.” Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Facebook post read
“Engage services of UG/PG Medical students, Nursing students and Retd. Doctors/Paramedics and ask GMC doctors to surrender their rooms/chambers in Chopra Nursing Home so that the same could be used as Covid chambers.” it added
The meeting was attended by Advisor Sh Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Financial Commissioner Sh. Atal Dullu, Divisional Commissioner Sh. Raghav Langar, GMC Principal Dr. Shashi Sudan with others.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
COVID: Jammu and Kashmir reports 4,509 new COVID cases and 65 deaths
COVID: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 4,509 new COVID cases, taking the tally in UT to 2,29,407, while 65 COVID deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours pushing the death toll to 2,912 in the Union Territory, officials said.
Out of the fresh COVID cases, 1,759 were reported from Jammu division and 2,750 cases were from the Kashmir division, they said.
The number of active COVID cases has reached 51,542 in the Union Territory, while 1,74,953 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.
The death toll due to the COVID reached 2,912 as 65 fresh fatalities – 46 in the Jammu region while 19 in the Kashmir valley were reported in the past 24 hours.
The officials said that Srinagar district recorded the highest number of COVID cases that is 863 cases, followed by 621 in Jammu district and 377 in Baramulla district.
Meanwhile, police have arrested 145 people and lodged 92 FIRs for violating COVID guidelines and realising fine to the tune of Rs 1,09,200 from 678 people for violating the COVID guidelines in the Kashmir valley, a spokesman said.
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