Poonch: Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Inder Jeet today convened a meeting of the Health Department to take stock of the situation arising due to sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in the district.
At the outset, Nodal Officer COVID-19 gave a detailed briefing of the present scenario of cases reported during the 2nd wave and the measures taken to contain its spread and the status of vaccination in the district.
In view of the alarming situation, Deputy Commissioner stressed upon the Health Department and other stakeholders to closely monitor the cases and take all the necessary steps to mitigate its effects. He directed them to identify all the effected persons with COVID-19 related Symptoms with special thrust on the population above 60 yrs of age through SAWASTYA NIDHI DATA and to carry out an extensive survey through Asha/Anganwari workers So that these Vulnerable groups are identified and vaccination is increased in the time bound and mission mode manner. He also laid stress on the need to involve PRIs, Local Bodies representatives and religious leaders to spread awareness among the general masses.
He also exhorted upon the concerned Officers to ensure home quarantine and isolation of all those persons getting back from other countries till their results are received after their testing.
He also issued necessary directions to carry out meaningful and time bound campaigns simultaneously in the form of Vaccination and containment with special focus on tangible and reliable results.
He directed that surveillance teams constituted at Tehsil and Niabat levels be activated to collect data regarding potential carriers of Virus and target groups for vaccination. He also directed to reactivate the 24×7 control room already established at DC Office poonch. It was also decided that the surveillance/monitoring at the entry points to the district shall be drastically increased.
He advised the officers to use the Block Diwas and other Officials and Social programs/functions as a platform to spread the awareness among the masses regarding SOPs like social distancing, wearing of Masks and hand sanitization. He also emphasized that social stigmas and doubts connected with COVID may be removed through awareness programs and campaigns.
Others present in the meeting included Chief Medical officer Poonch, Medical Superintendent District Hospital Poonch, BMOs and Nodal officer COVID-19.