Jammu, Mar 11:
Chief Secretary, B. V. R. Subrahmanyam, Wednesday took stock of measures put in
place by the Health Department to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Jammu
Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Mission Director,
National Health Mission (NHM) and Director Information participated in the
while reviewing the prevailing health situation in the UT, said that after the
decision of closure of schools upto primary level, the Government has decided
that as a precautionary measure, all educational institutions (Govt/Private) in
J&K including College/Universities shall suspend their class work till
March 31, 2020. However, all ongoing/scheduled Board and Competitive
examinations shall not be affected by this decision.
Divisional Administration, Jammu has already ordered closure of all Aanganwari
centres and Cinema Halls in the province as a preventive measure.
emphasized that people should be advised to defer or cancel their family
functions and congregations. If not avoidable, they must reduce the size of gathering
to bare minimal. It was advised that avoidable travel or movement should also
be discouraged to minimize risk of transmission of infection. CS appealed to
the general public to maintain social distance and avoid close contact.
all Deputy Commissioners were asked to minimize, reduce or cancel all avoidable
gatherings wherever possible in their respective jurisdictions, as a
precautionary measure to contain the spread of infection.
asked all Administrative Secretaries and other senior officers to conduct
meetings/interactions over Video Conference so as to avoid large meetings
wherever possible. Further, he also asked them to have such meetings, workshops
and seminars also deferred in their subordinate departments/offices, as a
CS said that as
per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI
each Department has its own role to play so that there are coordinated efforts
to meet out the evolving Coronavirus situation in the Union Territory.
Financial Commissioner, Health, apprised the meeting about the present
situation in this regard and preventive measures put in place to contain and
manage the Coronavirus infection.
He informed the
meeting that highest level of alertness is being maintained through proper
screening checks at the airports, where 100 percent declaration is being
strictly made to be followed, while as health desks have been put in place at
railway stations for awareness of travellers.
Random road checks
at the two entry points at Lakhanpur in Kathua and Qazigund (Lower Munda) in
Anantnag, are in place with a similar check post at Katra to ensure that people
visiting the Shrine do not miss screening for history of travel, contact or
further informed that Coronavirus lab testing facilities have already been
started at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura,
Srinagar and Government Medical College, Jammu besides surveillance teams have
been constituted across all districts to meet any kind of eventuality.
UT level Control
Room has been established by NHM at Nagrota and Divisional Level Control Rooms
also have been established which are functional 24X7. Besides, Deputy
Commissioners have also set up such Control Rooms in their respective
Districts, he added.
regard to Isolation/Quarantine facilities and extensive Information, Education
& Communication (IEC) campaign were also given out in the meeting.