Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha directed officials to achieve 100 per cent coverage of the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine among the 45 years and above age group in the union territory by June 30.
Additionally, Sinha asked officials to ensure 30 per cent of people in the 18-44 year age group receive their first dose of the vaccine by July 15.
The L-G declared these deadlines during a series of high-level meetings held on Friday to review the effectiveness of containment measures in Jammu and Kashmir in regard to the Covid situation. Members of the Covid task force, deputy commissioners and other senior officials attended the meetings.
Held a series of high-level meetings with members of Covid Task Force, DCs, SPs to review the effectiveness of containment measures in J&K.
Positivity rate of J&K downs to 2.2%;
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After conducting a district-wise appraisal of the Covid situation, Sinha suggested a host of measures be implemented in J&K to bring down the case positivity rate. He also took note of the decrease in positivity rate that has already been registered in most districts. The positivity rate in J&K has moved down to 2.2%.
The L-G said that collaborative effort from all stakeholders, coupled with comprehensive surveillance of Covid-19, decentralization of healthcare system, accelerated vaccination drive, effective Covid clinical management and continuous augmentation of healthcare infrastructure had yielded favourable results in controlling the spread of the virus.
“Corona warriors, doctors, front-line workers, citizens and the entire team of J&K administration worked hard to save lives and secure our future,” he added.
The next few days are crucial in terms of further improving the Covid situation, the L-G said.
“With optimum utilization of testing and vaccination capacities, strict adherence to SoPs and Covid-appropriate behaviour and by working 24×7, we can address the challenges of the pandemic,” the Manoj Sinha said.
For areas with low vaccination rate, the L-G directed the concerned officers to come up with a comprehensive plan in coordination with the police and civil administration to accelerate the vaccination drive.
The Lieutenant Governor directed the district collectors to ensure no social gatherings take place without prior permission and to constitute teams to spread awareness on Covid-appropriate behaviour.
He also stressed on door-to-door vaccinations and notifying micro-containment zones on scientific parameters to ensure an effective outcome.
The police department has been asked to distribute face masks amongst violators at checkpoints. People need to be aware that the restrictions are for their welfare and safety, Sinha stated.
The Governor said that Covid management measures need to go together with development and economic activities.
“We have to accelerate development work and build a strong economy with innovative, concrete and resolute policies,” observed Manoj Sinha. He said basic amenities including community toilets need to be made available to the people. Maximum services should be made available online, he said.
Manoj Sinha also passed specific directions to speed up the process for identification of beneficiaries under the special scheme envisaged by the government for families who have lost their bread-earner during the pandemic.