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92% health workers, 95% policemen have COVID-19 antibodies: Sero prevalence Survey

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According to the recent sero prevalence around 92 percent health care workers and 95 percent policemen have developed antibodies against Covid-19 infection.

The study also shows that vaccination rates among health care workers and cops were over 70 percent and 98 percent respectively.

An official said that the sero prevalence studies conducted across all districts of Kashmir in July this year also included two sub groups of health care providers and police personnel.

An official said that data and blood samples from 731 health care workers and 981 samples from police personnel were collected using customized Epicollect5 application while blood was testing by department of Biochemistry GMC Srinagar on Abbott Architect auto-analysers using chemiluminescent immunoassay technique.

“The sero prevalence among health care providers was 91.66 percent and at the time of sampling, 60.33 percent health care providers had taken both doses while another 19.15 percent had taken a single shot,” an official said, adding that the vaccination coverage has gone up since samples were taken.

“What’s more surprising is that 95.31 percent of police personnel have shown antibodies against SARS CoV-2 Infection and 90.01 percent police personnel had taken both jabs while another 19.15 percent had received single shot when data was collected in July this year, which must have scaled up to almost 100 percent by now for both doses,” an official said

Reportedly not a single police personnel has been admitted with COVID severity.

“The data from these two subsets of population is showing a promising trend against 84.3 percent sero positivity among the general population, as these two sub groups have been almost covered with full immunization against COVID,” an official said.

“These figures encourage that all eligible persons shall get both jabs of COVID vaccination to prevent severity of disease and hospital admissions,” said Dr. S. Muhammad Salim Khan, Professor and HOD, Community Medicine Government College Srinagar and principal investigator of the study.

The study was conducted by Government Medical College Srinagar in collaboration with Community Medicine departments of SKIMS, SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, Government Medical College Anantnag and Government Medical College Baramulla with full support from directorate of health sciences Kashmir and J&K national health mission.

The samples were tested in bio-safety level-2 lab of department of Biochemistry GMC Srinagar while its department of community medicine was the central coordinating unit.

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Smarth Arora from Jammu wins Mr India 2021

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A production company, namely “Dreamz Production House” house, recently organised a fashion show under the banner of “Mr Super Model International 2021” in Lucknow. Several participants participated in the competition, but Smarth Arora from Jammu emerged as the show’s winner.

While sharing his experience with JK Media, Smarth said, “this was a 5-day competition, and it was full of ups and downs. There were several judges, and they not only judged us but also polished our skills. The company first conducted auditions in Jammu, and the semi-final and final was in Jammu, where I emerged as the winner”.

“Fitness was my passion, and from 9th standard, I was going to the gym. So when Dreamz production gave me an opportunity for modelling, I took the chance and won this trophy. However, for my parents, their priority is their studies. So even I have won this trophy for them, I should focus on my studies”, Smarth added.

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Choreographer Deepak Kumar’s Death Shakes Jammu

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Deepak Kumar, a renowned choreography from Jammu who presented the UT on international platforms succumbed to death on Friday in Jammu.

According to his family members, Deepak was on his way to a Temple near Jammu when he stopped by a spot near a water body. He and his friends went inside it, however unable to handle the pressure of water, he drowned.

“Deepak left the house at 6 in the morning. He met his friends on the way. Unfortunately, he left us today. He made his presence in the Dance Industry quite prominent. He trained students in Schools and Academies. It’s a huge loss for us.” said Deepak’s colleague

“Deepak only had his sisters in the family. His parents died too early to witness his success. He’ll always be remembered as one of the greatest dancers of Jammu. His kind and helpful nature made him more special for the society.” added another

Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media

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3-day Black-day in the Memory of Martyr Students Begins in Science College

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To pay tribute to the movement’s martyrs on the issue of establishment of University, Medical College, Agricultural University for Jammu, a three-day black day was observed in degree colleges of Jammu division from Saturday.

In the 1966 agitation in Jammu, four students were martyred by police firing. In the memory of the martyred students, a memorial site has been built outside the Science College, Jammu, near the gate. Black Day is celebrated every year for three days, from 16 October to 18 October, in degree colleges of the Jammu division. Classes are not held for three days, and at the martyr’s site, representatives of student organizations, students, staff members of colleges pay homage.

This time the college has been closed for more than one and a half years due to the situation arising out of Corona. In such a situation, only online classes are being held. That’s why fewer students are reaching the martyrdom site to pay their respects. Today, as soon as the Black Day started, the staff members of the Science College went to the martyr’s place and paid homage to the martyrs.

Members of the Jammu Joint Students Federation have started a fast at the martyr’s site. Federation members have been on hunger strike for the past several years. On the third day, the Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University ends the fast by drinking juice to the members. Jammu University was established in the year 1969 due to the students’ movement. After that, a medical college was established in Jammu. Later Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Jammu, was established.

Staff members of other colleges of Jammu city, Maulana Azad Memorial College, Commerce College, Mahila College Gandhi Nagar, Women’s College Parade, Science College also visited the martyr’s site and paid homage to the martyr students. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, National Secular Forum, NSUI, will also pay tribute to the martyrs on Sunday.

 

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