Cab Secy reviews preparedness:100% declaration by air passengers mandatory
Jammu, Mar 3: Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba Tuesday held a Video-Conference with Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of States/UTs to review their preparedness to deal with evolving situation of Coronavirus amid mounting concerns over rapid spread worldwide. Union Health Secretary and other senior functionaries of Government of India also participated in the meeting.
J&K, B V R Subrahmanyam along with senior officers from administration and
Health Department attended the meeting on behalf of Government of Jammu and
Secretary, while interacting with Chief Secretaries/ Health secretaries of the
states/ UTs sought details from them with regard to the level of preparedness
and arrangements put in place for containment and management of the
have been asked to scrupulously follow the guidelines issued by Union Health
Ministry with regard to surveillance and contact tracing, surveillance at entry
points, sample collection, packaging and transport, clinical management
protocol and infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities.
asked the Chief Secretaries to review, assess and monitor the arrangements in
the States/UTs, and ensure adequate quarantine, isolation facilities and
equipment are available to deal with suspected or confirmed cases as per the
Further, it was
informed that filling up of self-declaration forms at the point of entries including
airports has been made mandatory to record travel history of the passengers and
contact, if any, with a person from any of the severely affected countries.
With an emphasis
to break the chain of transmission early detection of cases is necessary.
States/UTs were also briefed on cluster containment strategy. It was also
stressed to actively involve district administrations to disseminate
information at the community level through village level functionaries etc.
have been asked to review their preparedness on daily basis, identify gaps and
strengthen hospital preparedness by having isolation and critical care
facilities, linkages with VRDL network laboratories and adherence to infection
prevention and control guidelines. The Health Secretaries were also advised to
coordinate with all major private and other hospitals so as to have isolation
wards and all necessary support required at such hospitals to deal with
presentation was made by the Health Ministry briefing about the steps that have
been taken by Government of India and further what needs to be done by State/UT
Jammu and Kashmir all systems are in a state of high alert and back-up
facilities are in place to deal with any eventuality. So far no positive case
has been detected in the Union Territory.
Around 201 people
have identified with history of travel to affected countries or those who have
had contact with persons from such countries. 100% declaration of all incoming passengers
has been introduced at Srinagar & Jammu Airports as a precautionary
have been deployed at both the Airports in Jammu and Srinagar along with other
logistical arrangements at the health care facilities. Advisories have been
issued to persons who have travel history to severely affected countries viz
China, Japan, Iran or South Asia to
report to the nearest health care facility in case of any symptoms. Isolation
facilities have been identified in Divisional as well as the District Level and
RRTs (Rapid Response Teams) have been nominated to face any eventuality. Coordinated efforts have been formulated
between various Central Agencies and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.