COVID-19 Mitigation: Adv Baseer Seeks Cooperation Of People; Says No Dearth Of Vaccines, Oxygen In J&K30 April 2021
Bandipora: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan on Friday sought cooperation of people in aiding the government's efforts to deal with COVID-19 threat, while reiterating that there is no dearth of vaccines, drugs or oxygen in the union territory. The Advisor was on a day-long visit to Bandipora where he took stock of COVID mitigation measures being put in place to tackle the pandemic. Advisor Khan also had an interactive session with the religious leaders, traders and transporters besides other delegations, where he sought their complete cooperation in dealing with the pandemic effectively. He urged upon them to ensure strict adherence to all SOPs and guidelines regarding COVID-19 to save precious lives. He sought cooperation from the religious heads, PRI members, transporters, business community and civil society members to use their influence to motivate people to follow guidelines so that the lives are saved. The Advisor said the union territory of J&K has enough resources to tackle any eventuality as there is no dearth of vaccines, drugs or oxygen. Later, Baseer Khan had a detailed review of corona mitigation efforts being taken up by the district wherein Deputy Commissioner Dr Owais Ahmad briefed him in detail about various COVID containment measures. He was informed that 600 beds have been specified for COVID patients besides 14 ICUs are available in the district. Regarding vaccination, the Advisor was informed that 69 vaccination centres are functional in the district and more than 2000 samples are being collected on daily basis for testing. Besides, 1000 litre per minute capacity oxygen plant is also functional at DH Bandipora. While appreciating the efforts of district administration, Advisor Basser emphasized upon the officers to further take all necessary measures for effective containment of COVID-19 in the district. He called for preparing an actionable plan to address any medical exigency. Khan impressed upon the officers to follow the COVID guidelines in letter and spirit while ensuring that basic services like food, water, medicine etc are provided to the people without any hassle. He directed the officers to ensure that all target groups where chances of virus exposure are more should get vaccinated on priority. He asked the district administration to have resource assessment done in terms of infrastructure, oxygen availability, bed capacity, ventilators, manpower, bed capacity and other infrastructure to tackle any spike in COVID cases. The Advisor directed the Deputy Commissioner to conceptualize plans for efficient vaccination, management of containment zones, movement of people, food and supplies, medicine, emergencies, avenues of wages and other aspects that need the prime focus at this stage. He directed them to have mobile supply vans ready to suffice to the needs of people at their doorsteps in the containment zones. Meanwhile, delegations of religious leaders, traders and transporters assured the Advisor their full support in supplementing the administration's efforts regarding the fight against the deadly disease. DDC Chairperson Abdul Gani, Vice-Chairperson Kousar Shafi, Director, Rural Development Department, Tariq Ahmad Zargar, Director, Tourism, GN Itoo, Superintending Engineer, PDD, Hilal Ahmad, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Zahoor Ahmad Mir and other senior officers of the district were present on the occasion.