The Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, today chaired a meeting to review the prevailing COVID situation in the Union territory and reiterated the continuance of the COVID-dedicated IEC campaign for awareness generation towards prevention of subsequent COVID waves in Jammu and Kashmir.
Additional Chief Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM), and Director Family Welfare participated in the meeting.
The Chief Secretary observed that the current strategy for micro-containment zones needs to be reviewed to ensure its effectiveness and restriction of outward movement from clusters having a substantial number of COVID positive cases. He further expressed concern regarding many cases being reported outside containment zones. Therefore, it was directed that COVID SOPs and protocols must be strictly enforced in these zones supported by enhanced testing, fool-proof quarantine of patients, and stringent penalties on defaulters.
The Chief Secretary directed the Department to evolve vaccination strategies that would most effectively reduce the number of cases per day.
Further, district administrations were asked to intensively promote COVID appropriate behaviour, improve the testing rate as per target quotas, and mobilize targeted beneficiaries towards the vaccination process. The Chief Secretary maintained that existing strategies must be recalibrated towards ensuring low rates of infection in districts, and case trajectory is closely monitored to keep daily reported cases below 50.
Dr Mehta urged the enforcement agencies to adopt a graded-penalty mechanism to penalize repetitive defaulters and offenders and work out mechanisms collaborating with various market associations, trade associations, and employee associations to implement such a system best.
While reviewing the availability of medical facilities, equipment and machinery, the Health and Medical Education Department was asked to undertake machinery and equipment audits and ensure their functionality and availability of technical workforce, besides organizing regular training of medical professionals to cater to COVID-related emergencies.
The Department was also asked to optimally utilize the augmented medical infrastructure by rationalizing patient load across the hierarchy of hospitals and putting them to alternate usage during healthy interludes.
Additionally, the National Health Mission was asked to continue with the COVID-dedicated IEC campaign to generate mass awareness on good practices, COVID appropriate behaviour, and Dos & Don’ts in public spaces in consultation with doctors and domain experts.
The Chief Secretary also directed the Department to check data discrepancies and ensure timely uploading of Covid related data on the National portal.
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Jammu Policeman-cum-Rapper Booms in Reality Show, Leaves Judges Stunned
Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel who fought terrorism are full of talent. In a show named Hunarbaaz on a private channel in Mumbai, the rap of police personnel Jeevan Kumar also stunned the judges.
The judges include actresses Parineeti Chopra, Karan Johar and Mithun Chakraborty. Talent has reached from all over the country in the show. However, for several days before the show, the channel ran a rap account promo of Jeevan. J&K is proud to have Jeevan on this big show. Senior police officers are calling and congratulating Jeevan.
Constable Jeevan Kumar’s raps have been a new sensation on the internet media for two years. From top police officers to filmmakers, he has fans. Living in Chak Jarala, about 25 km from Jammu’s international border, Bishnah Jeevan’s father is a farmer, and mother is a homemaker. Jeevan told the judges that he is the first and foremost son of Mother India. It is my duty to protect it. Singing songs is his hobby. All the judges on the show liked his rap.
“I hope he will definitely make it to the next round. He eased his memories and said that the 30-second rap, which went viral first, has made me famous. In which he is telling about the flight of dreams. He said that my officers also encourage me, everyone likes it,” Jeevan said.
Over 300 docs, paramedics test positive in Jammu district
Over 300 doctors and the members of paramedical staff of the Health Department, who comprised the COVID-19 sampling teams in different locations in the Jammu district, have contracted the infection.
Officials said that even as the sampling had been intensified with the deployment of over 53 teams by the Health and Medical Education Department across the district, many of the team members who were involved in collecting samples of the suspected COVID patients from different places, also tested positive.
“Over 300 doctors and paramedical staff members of the health department were found infected with the virus,” said a senior official.
“We are deploying doctors and other medical staff in shifts. After seven days of isolation and medical care, the doctors and other members of the staff are joining duties. After they resume, others infected with the virus proceed on leave for seven days,” he added.
“Somehow, we are managing the sampling which is undergoing in an aggressive manner across Jammu district. We have also deployed six teams for thermal screening of the people at the venue of the main Republic Day function,” the official said.
These teams will remain deployed there till January 29. Besides, the official said, “We have deployed 19 teams at Jammu Airport and 24 teams at Railway Station to sample people on their arrival.” “Around 100-150 samples are collected from Jammu airport and 800 from Jammu railway station as a routine exercise,” the official added.
Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Jammu J P Singh, while speaking to the media, expressed concern over, what he said, “casual approach of the people towards the deadly virus.”
“Despite instructions, they were not reporting to the Chest Disease Hospital at Bakshi Nagar and DRDO Jammu for triage-test,” he said.
“The people with severe illness (comorbidity) and aged having symptoms of COVID19 should come to CD Hospital Bakshi Nagar and DRDO Hospital at Bhagwati Nagar for their medical check-up instead of getting treatment in home isolation,” he said.
He said that the aged and people with comorbidity should approach these hospitals soon after they developed symptoms or they contracted infection so that timely medical care could be provided to them. Another official informed that around 109 infected people were admitted to MCH, DRDO Jammu and GMC Jammu’s COVID care ward. “We have a capacity to admit around 817 infected people in these hospitals and accordingly, the capacity would be increased,” the official said asserting that the majority of the infected people were in home isolation, unlike last year.
Pertinently, the Jammu district has around 59 micro-containment zones while 15 locations were de-notified after the recovery of the infected people.
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