Fight against COVID-19 shared responsibility: Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of State in PMO, Jitendra Singh Saturday said the fight against Coronavirus was a shared responsibility and everyone has to play due role in tackling the contagion.

The Minister made these remarks while chairing a meeting here to review preparedness of Jammu and Kashmir in dealing with the pandemic.

Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar and Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the meeting, the Minister while lauding the efforts of the medical fraternity of J&K, who he said were doing a commendable job, sought cooperation from all sections of the society in combating the spread of virus.

“All of us have to cooperate in an optimum manner and every person needs to take all necessary precautions and exercise individual and collective responsibility in this fight against the Coronavirus,” he said.

The Minister also asked people to heed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Janata curfew’ on Sunday to minimize social interaction in efforts to help in controlling the spread of the Coronavirus.

Advisor Bhatnagar emphasized upon the need for strictly adhering to guidelines in dealing with the pandemic. He said people should not panic and follow the government advisories in letter and spirit.

He said COVID-19 patients need to be taken care of and every precaution should be exercised in dealing with the infection.

Earlier, Financial Commissioner Atal Dulloo presented a detailed report about various measures taken by the government to contain the spread of Coronavirus in J&K.

He said advisories have been issued to all hospitals to suspend all non-essential OPDs and surgeries and a decision has been taken to quarantine all foreigners arriving in J&K and passengers coming from Ladakh.

About the availability of safety logistics and equipment, the Minister was informed that the Health Department has adequate number of PPE kits, masks, sanitizers, ventilators and orders have been placed to augment the stocks.

About the laboratory testing facilities, it was given out that besides SKIMS, GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu, possibility was being explored to start testing at army command hospital labs at Udhampur and IIIM Jammu.