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No sanitisers, masks for employees

Srinagar, Mar 10: Seemingly forgetting the famous dictum that `charity begins from home’, Jammu and Kashmir government has failed to provide sanitisers and masks to its employees.

 To tackle the coronavirus infection, the administration has directed people to practice good hygiene and use masks and sanitisers.


A reality check conducted by The Kashmir Monitor reveals that there are no such personal hygiene measures being followed in any of the government departments and offices.

A senior official at J&K Bank Headquarters, TRC, said as a precautionary measure they have done away with biometric attendance in all the branches till March 31.

“However, there are no hand sanitisers and protective masks available for the employees in the branches,” he said.

Dr. Sabeena, senior scientist at State Pollution Control Board said the only precautionary measure taken is the suspension of finger touch biometric attendance.

“Rest, we have brought our personal hand sanitisers and masks from home,” she said.

Senior official at Sheep Husbandry Department said the department has a regular supply of masks as they deal with the livestock.

“Other than that, no additional provisions of masks and hand sanitisers have been made available for the department,” he said.

Although no positive cases of coronavirus have been reported from Kashmir, the government has been issuing advisories to inform the people about the precautionary measures.

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has also advised people to take measures to prevent the spread of flu and coronavirus.

DAK has also appealed to the government to arrange separate OPDs, outpatient entry, waiting areas, and wards for people suffering from flu-like illness.

Also, additional trained staff has been placed at the Srinagar Airport and National Highway for the screening of passengers. An isolation center has been created at Sanat Nagar for the suspected patients.