CRPF, police issue advisory

A day after Army issued advisory to its soldiers in the wake Coronavirus scare, the Central Reserve Police Force and the Jammu and Kashmir Police today issued advisory to their men asking them to take extraordinary precautions.

“We have issued advisory to our men in Kashmir as well as Jammu,” CRPF Additional Director General Zulfikar Hassan told Greater Kashmir.

J & K Zone of CRPF is one of the largest Zones of CRPF consisting 6 Sectors. One of the senior officers from CRPF said that even the personnel who report to duties after leave are undergoing rigorous medical check at their respective locations.

A senior JK Police officer said that they have also issued advisory asking “our men to take precautions.”

He said that if any police personnel develop any symptom they must inform their immediate superior.

The senior police officer said that though they are working in tandem with CAPFs (CRPF, BSF, SSB and ITBP) in J&K, “advisory has gone to all security forces”.

“We have asked them to wash hands with soap frequently and use tissues,” the officer said. The officer said they have also asked its personnel to stay at least a metre away from people who’re coughing or sneezing to avoid inhaling droplets.

On Friday Army asked its personnel to avoid all non-essential mass gatherings including festivals, welfare activities and public gatherings. The Army sent out the advisory addressed to all its military stations urging them to avoid large gatherings in view of the growing fear of spread of Coronavirus.

According to the advisory the Service Hospitals have been asked to set up isolation wards, and also have OPDs separately where the screening of the suspected cases could be carried out.

These hospitals have to work in coordination with the local civic authorities and the Indian Council of Medical Research laboratories. It has also advised its personnel to use the shopping facilities available within the cantonment or their stations instead of going to crowded shopping areas and to also avoid non-essential international travels. According to the Indian Army regular counselling of the personnel, regular health checkups will be done when they all report in the morning.