Health Deptt cautions ahead of wedding season in Jammu

Health Deptt cautions ahead of wedding season in Jammu
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Jammu: Health Department has cautioned against permitting gatherings ahead of marriage season in Jammu apprehending spike in Covid19 cases.

Speaking with Greater Kashmir, an official said a meeting with the district administration was held to discuss Covid mitigation measures.

“We have appraised the officials from the district administration about the possible situation which may emerge in view of approaching marriage season from next week which will continue up to the month of December” the official said.

The official said they have submitted recommendations with the district administration Jammu that the annual “Jhiri Mela” which witnesses a mass gathering be held in an austere way.

“We have also recommended that people from Punjab should not be allowed to come to participate in Jhiri Mela in Jammu District which is held on November 19 and continues for a week. We have suggested organising it at local level and ensuring less gathering in a controlled manner to avoid spread of Covid19 virus,” said the senior official in the Health Department. Approximately 5 lakh people participate in Jhiri Mela every year which last year was also not organised at a mega level.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Anshul Garg said: “I do not think that Jhiri mela to be organised in view of the Covid19 situation. Therefore, I have directed the revenue department’s team to speak to the organisers of mela. They should organise it locally and outsiders may not be allowed.”

The DC further said that: “We have noted a minor spike in Covid cases in Srinagar. Our Covid cases have also not come down. We have recorded 30 to 40 Covid positive cases per week in Jammu district. There are apprehensions of spread when people gather at a place without precautions,” the DC said.

Meanwhile, another official said that the health department has identified seven crowded places with massive footfall in Jammu city i.e. Wave Mall, Big Bazaar, Kanak Mandi, Best Price, WareHouse, Vegetable market (sabzi mandi- Narwal) etc where officials would be deployed to check that Covid guidelines are being followed.

“In these places, we have suggested deploying Naib Tehsildars alongwith health department officials (paramedical staff/doctors) to ensure the people with second doses are permitted entry. And, people with single vaccination be identified and vaccinated second dose, accordingly,” the official said while urging the people to follow the Covid protocol.

Citing recent trend in Covid cases, the official said that four fresh Covid positive cases have been admitted in the DRDO Hospital at Bhagwati Nagar and two Covid infected cases are undergoing treatment at GMC Jammu.

“In recent spike, we have noted all family members are getting infected even after taking both vaccinations. A surgeon, his family and servant at Channi Himmat were vaccinated but they got infected with Covid19. Similarly, a SO of the High Court was infected and all five members of his family also got infected with Covid,” the official said.

Similarly, in an engagement ceremony at Talab Tillo one infected person had infected all his family members.

The health officials warned that if the people do not follow the Covid protocol, the situation may turn adverse in coming weeks amid approaching marriage ceremonies.

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