CS reviews public health response to coronavirus

CS reviews public health response to coronavirus
CS J&K, Dr Arun Kumar MehtaDIPR J&K File

Srinagar: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta Saturday chaired a meeting to review the public health response to Covid-19 and asked the divisional and district administrations to ensure coverage of 5 lakh people who had completed the mandatory interregnum period and were due to receive the subsequent dose with second Covid vaccination jab within a week.

The chief secretary emphasised on early culmination of Covid vaccination drives to ensure safety of local population once the economy was fully opened with resumption of all economic activities, reopening of schools, and large-scale tourism activities.

The Health and Medical Education Department was asked to ensure regular supply of vaccines to the districts, besides enhancing their testing facilities for early detection of Covid infections and emerging hotspots.

The chief secretary impressed upon the Srinagar district administration to remain vigilant to any surge in cases and focus intensively on daily testing of vulnerable populations in consonance to the trajectory of infections.

“Special focus is to be laid on early testing and isolation of symptomatic patients having Influenza-Like Infections (ILIs) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARIs) due to the sudden change in season,” he said.

The chief secretary underscored the need for strict enforcement of Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and Covid SOPs and protocols, besides directing the enforcement agencies to strictly implement the established protocols and levy penalties on defaulters.

He also directed continuation of the Covid dedicated IEC campaign to raise awareness regarding Dos and Don’ts for keeping the infection at bay.

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