Track down absconding travellers on war footing basis: Div Com to DCs

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on Wednesday directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to track-down all absconding travellers on war footing and put them in administrative quarantine.

All DCS were asked to strengthen their ground surveillance teams and trace the absconding recent travelers of other states and abroad visitors immediately and put them for proper screening and quarantine.

Additional Deputy Commissioners have been put in charge of contact tracing and they are following the mechanism as per prescribed advisory.

The Divisional Commissioner directed the DCs to set-up separate helpline numbers for cancer, dialysis patients and other serious patients at all district headquarters immediately so that life saving treatment will be ensured for them at an earliest.

He directed the DCs to constitute teams under CMOs who shall visit juvenile, old age homes and orphanages alternatively for health checkups of the inmates besides establishing separate dedicated helpline numbers for their services in each district.

The Divisional Commissioner passed these directions while chairing a meeting to review preparedness and arrangements to combat coronavirus disease in the Valley.

He sought detailed feedback from all the DCs regarding arrangements against COVID19 pandemic through video-conferencing.

The meeting was informed that samples collected from Baramullah, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Budgam were tested at SKIMS here and samples collected from Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam were being tested at Chest Disease hospital.

Pole directed them to take employees from non-essential departments and deploy them at block, tehsil and district level for COVID19 related emergency tasks. Adequate number of officials will be earmarked for red zones, hospital isolation, administrative and home quarantines which will monitor their smooth functioning. Officials should submit the daily based report to the DCs for further course of necessary action.

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