CORONAVIRUS THREAT: Govt to screen foreigners flying to Kashmir
Jammu, Jan 28:
Announcing a slew of measures to check any suspected cases of Corona Virus, the
government of Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday ordered screening of people at airports
arriving from China, Nepal and other countries, where the confirmed cases of
coronavirus have been reported.
As part of an
action plan to prevent the spread of the virus in JK, the government ordered
establishment of Control room in the office of State Surveillance Office at
Srinagar and Jammu, quarantine of suspected patients, advisory to all the
districts and announcements to be made on railways stations, airports besides
The decisions in
this regard were taken during an extraordinary meeting chaired by Financial
Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo at Civil Secretariat
here to discuss the action plan to check the spread of Corona Virus in the
Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
identified coronavirus called 2019-nCoV has been spreading in China, and has
now reached several other countries claiming many lives.
The FC said that
adequate measures are being made to identify passengers with symptoms of the
disease and directed the officers to make arrangements to isolate any suspected
case to curb the spread of the virus.
He said that an
advisory will be issued to all the Deputy Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir to
step up their preparedness to tackle any suspected cases. The advisory includes
designating of rapid response teams, enhanced surveillance, capacity for
laboratory diagnosis, and earmarking isolation wards.
It said that
isolation wards will be established at Government Medical Colleges of Jammu and
Srinagar, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura and other
districts where a special team of doctors and paramedics will be constituted
and trained accordingly.
In the meeting,
directions were issued for activating Multi-disciplinary Research Units (MRUs)
at Government Medical College Jammu and Srinagar and the samples of the
suspected cases to be drawn immediately and sent to the National Institute of
Biologicals, Pune for confirmation.
need for adopting preventive measures, the FC directed for Information
Education and Communication (IEC) strategy to be adopted so that people are
educated about the preventive measures to be taken. He said that preventive
measures are a key to success to contain the virus and asked for generating
mass awareness through print and electronic media, hoardings at prominent
places like hospital premises, airports and railway stations to detect the
suspected cases with fever, cough, cold malaise etc.
also plans for distribution of pamphlets to be provided to the tourists coming
from such destinations which are affected by the virus. It also said that
awareness regarding personal hygiene, screening and detection cases at the
community level will be started through ASHA workers.
The FC also
directed the officers that sizable inventory of personal protection equipment,
N-95 masks and other logistical arrangements be kept in place and buffer stock
be also maintained.
Officer on Special Duty to FC, Dr Shafqat Khan
has been designated as nodal officer to coordinate with the Government of India
and various health care institutions in JK to monitor all the activities
regarding the spread of the disease.
The meeting was
attended by Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr Renu Sharma; Director New
Medical Colleges J&K, Dr Yashpal Sharma; Principal, Government Medical
College, Jammu, Dr Sunanda Raina; Joint Director (Planning) H&ME, Madan
Lal; and other officers.
Services Kashmir, Dr Samir Mattoo; Director SKIMS, Dr AG Ahangar; Principal,
Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr Parvaiz Shah and other Kashmir based
officers attended the meeting through video conferencing.