CORONAVIRUS THREAT: 705 under active surveillance, reports of 29 awaited
Don’t pay heed to rumours, stick to basic precautions
Mar 10: Urging people not to panic and
pay heed to any rumour regarding COVID-19, Director National Health Mission
(NHM), Bhupinder Kumar Tuesday appealed people to rely only on the information
released by the government in this regard like media bulletin being released to
print and electronic media on daily basis to give the latest status.
a detailed break up about the Coronavirus suspected cases in J&K till date,
he informed that 705 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases
have been put under active surveillance; 150 of these have completed surveillance
period of 28 days and 09 are under hospital quarantine.
samples of suspected cases have been sent for testing so far; 26 have reported
negative, of earlier two cases who were reported with high viral load 01 has
tested positive and another one is being retested, 29 reports awaited (Upto
4:00 PM on Tuesday). Meanwhile one more person has reported with high viral
load and samples have been sent to NCDC New Delhi for confirmation,” he said.
Spelling out measures being taken up to
control and prevent the virus, the Director informed that J&K has strengthened the Surveillance and
Control measures against the disease and Helpline numbers +91-0191-2549676 (UT
level Cell for J&K), +91-0191-2520982 (For Jammu Division) and
+91-0194-2440283 (For Kashmir Division) have already been established and are
functional for any advice or assistance required in this regard. Besides,
Corona-Virus lab testing facilities have been started in Sher-i-Kashmir
Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Srinagar and Government Medical College
Jammu and Control rooms and surveillance teams have been constituted across all
the districts of the UT to meet any sort of eventuality, he told the media.
Kumar further informed that Universal self-declaration has been made mandatory
w.e.f. 4th of March 2020 at Jammu and Srinagar airports. Besides, screening of
travellers have also been started at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda toll posts as
well as Jammu, Katra and Udhampur Railway stations, where Health Help Desks
have been setup.
reiterated that citizens must take basic precautions such as personal hygiene,
hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquettes and must avoid touching of face,
eyes, nose and also report any symptoms (fever, difficult breathing and cough)
to the medical authorities immediately. He assured them that the whole
situation is being monitored and reviewed at all levels very closely. ‘Strict
adherence to all the precautionary and preventive measures being advised by the
government authorities from time to time since the outbreak of this deadly
Corona virus only can reduce the risk of this serious health hazard’, he added.
The entire administrative machinery is fully geared to handle any challenges on
this count and there is no need for any panic.
also urged citizens especially those with travel history to affected countries
such as China, Italy, Iran, South Korea etc to self declare immediately and to
report to the nearest government health facility if any symptoms are found.
said that the spread of this illness can be significantly slowed or even
reversed through implementation of robust containment and control activities.
Accordingly wide publicity is being done to create awareness in the community
through health education messages especially on hand washing, cough etiquette
and home isolation by electronic, print media, radio jingles and leaflets etc,
said that the government strongly urges
all social, religious and political organizations to avoid large gatherings. We
are grateful that many organizations have responded to our advice and deferred
Information & Public Relations Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar and Nodal Officer,
Corona virus, UT J&K, Dr. Shafqat, were also present.