‘2000 contacts of positive cases identified of which 975 traced, tested’
Masks, immune building materials also to be part of new strategy
Principal Secretary Planning, Information and Government Spokesperson, Rohit Kansal said Jammu and Kashmir is testing aggressively for Covid-19.
Addressing a press conference here, Kansal said Jammu and Kashmir has been testing cases aggressively and so far 1218 tests have been conducted which is 6.5% of total under surveillance.
“Nearly 2000 contacts of positive cases have been identified of which 975 have been traced and tested. He reassured that all the identified contacts will be traced and tested for Covid 19.
“We plan to test every single one of the 2000 contacts that we have identified,” he said.
Kansal said in all 34 hotspots/red zones have been identified in J&K of which 24 are in Kashmir division and 10 in Jammu Division.
These include 7 in Pulwama, 4 in Bandipora, 4 in Budgam, 5 in Srinagar, 2 in Shopian, 1 each in Ganderbal and Baramulla in Kashmir Division. 4 in Jammu district, 5 in Rajouri and 1 in Udhampur district of Jammu Division.
Kansal said steps have been initiated to enhance and upgrade the health infrastructure in UT and said that 68 new medical professional including doctors/specialists/paramedics/medical officers/nurses have joined their respective duties.
The UT Government is also procuring masks, PPEs and ventilators to augment the existing health infrastructure and every possible effort is being made to ensure that there is no shortage of manpower in the health sector, Kansal said.
He said adequate arrangements have been made to ensure sufficient supply of essential commodities.
The Highway has been reopened and made functional and nearly 800 trucks and tankers have crossed Jawahar Tunnel carrying essential goods to the Valley.
He said supply of fruits and vegetables and POL has also reached the Valley. The downward movement of material from the Valley such as apples from cold stores has also started.
Kansal said 27,000 residents of J&K stranded in different parts are being reached out and provided support through these Helplines. So far over 150 calls have been received on these Helplines and about 30,000 interstate migrant labourers with in J&K are being taken care of in every possible way.
Deputy Commissioners in all the districts have also set up individual Control Rooms to provide assistance to these stranded migrant labourers.
Kansal said that the Government is aware of the hardships being faced by the old and vulnerable sections of the society due to ongoing lockdown.
The Social Welfare Department, he said, is reaching out to nearly 30 lakh people including pensioners, residents of Bal Grehs, old age homes, Juvenile Homes and nearly 30,000 children belonging to the disadvantaged section of the society.
Kansal informed JMC has already started preparing disinfectant tunnels.
“They will be installed in the Hospitals and later the facility will be extended to other public places and buildings,” he said.
Referring to Advisory issued by the Principal Scientific Advisor regarding the importance of masks in containing the spread of Covid 19, Kansal said J&K government has decided to educate the public about the usage of masks.
He said that different categories require different kinds of masks.
“Health Workers and Frontline Professionals including people dealing with essential services require specialised masks while others may not require such specialised masks,” he said adding, “We will ensure that required quantity of masks is supplied to each category. The Rural development Department has been assigned the responsibility to prepare cotton masks through the engagement of Self Help Groups, NGOs and others who are willing to volunteer.”
Kansal said that AYUSH Ministry has also issued advisory regarding use of immunity boosters to fight Covid 19 effectively.
He said that government will ensure that all these immunity boosting products are made available to the people.