Two foreign return passengers quarantined at Jammu hospital
Jammu, Mar 4: Two
passengers with travel history to Italy and South Korea have been shifted to
the quarantine ward at a government medical college hospital here, officials
said on Wednesday.
Jammu and Kashmir
has been put on alert to deal with any threat emerging due to Coronavirus, even
though no positive case has been found in the Union Territory so far, officials
The tests of the
two persons have been sent to Delhi and symptomatic passengers have been
instructed for home quarantine, they said.
Around 200 people
have been identified with travel history to Coronavirus-affected countries or
those who have had contact with persons from such countries, the officials
suspected cases have been tested till date and no positive case has been
reported so far across J-K”, a senior official said.
percent self declaration at the airports of Jammu and Srinagar will start from
Thursday to trace any such person having travel history to the infected
countries,” he said.
check points for passengers travelling by road have been set up at Lakhanpur
and Lower Munda (Zig) to identify individuals with travel history to these
countries,” he added.
Also, 24×7 data
control centres have been established at Srinagar and Jammu to receive
information on travellers coming from the Coronavirus-affected countries,
Principal Secretary, Planning and Information Rohit Kansal said, adding that
all suspected cases are being managed through defined protocols.
Rajiv Gauba held a meeting with chief secretaries and health secretaries of
states and UTs through video conference to review their preparedness to deal
The Union health
secretary and other senior functionaries of the Government of India also
participated in the meeting.
with them, the cabinet secretary sought details of arrangements put in place
for containment of COVID-19.
The states and UTs
have been asked to scrupulously follow the guidelines issued by the Union
Health Ministry with regard to surveillance and contact tracing, surveillance
at entry points, sample collection, packaging and transport, clinical
management protocol and infection prevention and control in healthcare
secretary asked the chief secretaries to review, assess and monitor the
arrangements in the states and UTs and ensure adequate quarantine, isolation
facilities and equipment are available to deal with suspected or confirmed
cases as per the mandated protocol.