Don’t lower guard against coronavirus: Union Joint Secretary
Feb 27: Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, M K
Bhandari today cautioned the health department not to lower their guard against
the Corona virus.
was speaking at a meeting to take stock of the preparedness of J&K against
the novel Corona virus. The Joint Secretary has been designated as the Nodal
Officer for the Union Territory of J&K to deal with the preventive measures
against this virus.
Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo hosted the meeting on
behalf of J&K government.
GMC, Jammu, Dr. Sunanda Raina, Director Health & Family Welfare, Arun
Sharma, Director Health Services, Jammu, Renu Sharma, Director New Medical
Colleges, Yashpal Sharma, Director ISM, J&K, Mohan Singh and Joint Director
Planning Madan Lal were present in the meeting along with epidemiologists.
GMC Srinagar, Parvaiz Ahmad Shah, Director Health Services Kashmir, Samir
Mattoo and Principals of new medical colleges attended the meeting through
commended the health department for continuous monitoring and dealing with the
situation effectively. He stated that India as a whole successfully tackled
this problem by resorting to the Standard Operating Procedures against such
Union Joint Secretary also said that we need to allay the fear among the public
and reassure them. In view of the increasing number of countries getting
affected, he said, that the position of stock needs to be assessed and
necessary supplies procured for keeping the viral disease away from J&K.
also advised training of staff to handle this problem adding that these
programs should be carried out in consultation with Union Ministry of Health.
Hands on training should be provided to the health professionals so that
everybody is prepared about their role and responsibility as per the
established norms as it will help us prevent the disease in the first hand, he
Commissioner, H&ME stressed on redistribution of resources like PPE kits,
N-95 Masks, triple layer masks and other paraphernalia among the health
institutions. He maintained that such practices would help us tiding over this
instant problem successfully.
also asked the department to coordinate with the concerned Foreign Registration
Office so that people coming from affected countries are tested, quarantined
and treated effectively.
meeting was informed that some 20 samples were taken and sent for analysis to
AIIMS/NCDC and report in each case came negative.
necessary isolation wards, ventilators, ICUs have already been established in
each of the medical college and associated hospitals including the district
hospitals, the meeting was apprised.
was further said that J&K has enough paraphernalia to tackle this problem
and is fully prepared to face any situation without letting it get out of