‘DCs not utilizing full quota’
Observing that the sampling from ‘red’ zones in most of the districts was far below the desired levels, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole impressed upon all the participants to ensure the sampling from red zones was increased to the desired level of 60-70 percent of the total sampling.
In a weekly review meeting regarding the measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Divisional Commissioner while evaluating the number of samples collected during the last week observed that most of the districts were not utilising their full allotted quota.
All the Deputy Commissioners and Chief Medical Officers were informed that the testing capacity of the laboratories is 4000 per day and were directed to utilise their earmarked quota of sample collection which should be target-specific in ‘red’ zones.
The Divisional Commissioner while reviewing the use of RT-PCR app based registration of the sampling said that only a few districts had started the RT-PCR app-based registration so far.
He told the participants that the laboratories would not accept manual line listing from now on ward and, accordingly, it was directed that all the districts should start the RT-PCR app-based registration as soon as possible in every block of the district.
The Valley is witnessing a surge in the number of coronavirus cases and the mortality rate has also increased during the past few days.
The Divisional Commissioner also directed for 100 percent sampling of pregnant women whose delivery date is approaching.
"Similarly, 100 percent sampling of vulnerable people and patients with co-morbidities like cancer patients, asthma, and heart ailments should also be done," Pole said.
All the Deputy Commissioners were instructed to submit immediately the Action Taken Report on the decisions taken in the meeting held on July 23.
On Saturday, all the districts in Kashmir division except Bandipora were categorised as ‘red’ zones to control the spread of COVID-19 infection.