STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Fourteen more fatalities related to coronavirus infection in a day took the death toll in Jammu and Kashmir past the 1,000-mark, while 1,457 fresh cases pushed the COVID-19 tally to 63,990 on Sunday, officials said.
Jammu: A visiting team of the Union Health Ministry on Sunday called for 100 per cent house-to-house survey, contact tracing and increasing the number of testings, especially using Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Jammu region. The four-member team headed by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)Director S K Singh was discussing with senior government officers the steps to be taken for containment and control of the spread of COVID-19 which had witnessed a spike, especially in the Jammu region over the past month, an official spokesman said.Reviewing the measures through video conference meetings with district administration and health teams of six districts Samba, Ramban, Kishtwar, Kathua, Rajouri and Doda, the team highlighted the need for focus on the testing and surveillance of containment zones using door-to-door surveys.Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dullo was also present during the meeting, the spokesman said.The other members of the central team include NCDC Joint Director Kinnzin, Associate Prof Medicine (Pulmonologist) AIIMS Vijay Handa and Mahesh Waghmare, IDSP, New Delhi. “The team members urged the officials concerned to focus on influenza-like Illness (ILI) /Severe Acute Respiratory infection (SARI) cases, 100 per cent house-to-house survey, contact tracing and increasing the number of testing, especially with RAT.“They asked the officials to focus on the Data analysis and stepping up the testing, contact tracing and surveillance of the areas from where more cases are detected so that chain can be broken,” the spokesman said.He said the team suggested the measures to be implemented in the containment zones and asked them to involve ASHA and field Health staff to identify ILI cases so that testing of all can be done. “Door-to-door survey was suggested for identifying high risk persons like pregnant women or the elderly and those with co-morbidity,” he said. Handa called for following standard operating procedures (SOPs) by all the staff members, besides preparing and following the treatment protocols, the spokesman said, adding they were urged to increase the isolation and ventilator beds so that referral to Jammu is reduced from district hospitals.
New Delhi: The Centre has formed expert committees for inspection of government and other COVID facilities following directions of the Supreme Court, which took cognizance of shortcomings in the care of coronavirus patients in different hospitals in the country.The expert committees constituted by the Ministry of Health have been tasked to inspect, supervise and guide government and other hospitals dedicated to COVID-19, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey told the Rajya Sabha on Sunday.The Ministry of Health has written to all the states and union territories with regard to prescribing reasonable rates for testing and treatment of COVID-19, Choubey said in a written reply. He said the central government has issued an advisory to all states that dead bodies of suspected COVID patients be handed over to their relatives immediately without waiting for laboratory confirmation and the body be disposed of as per guidelines on dead body management issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Of the fresh deaths, nine were reported from Jammu and five from the Valley. The total number of fatalities has increased to 1,001, they said, adding Jammu region has recorded 817 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day and the Kashmir Valley 640.Officials said it was the 18th consecutive day that the Union Territory recorded more than 1,000 fresh cases in a day. Jammu district reported the highest 266 new cases, followed by 228 in Srinagar district, they said. There are 22,032 active cases of (COVD-19) in Jammu and Kashmir, while 40,957 patients have recovered so far, officials said.
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