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Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 14th January: Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta chaired a meeting today to review rising COVID cases in Jammu and Kashmir and ordered strict lockdown protocols to be adhered to to reduce effectively the transmission rate.
Administrative Secretaries of Departments of Finance, Health and Medical Education, Hospitality, MD, National Health Mission, Director General of Family Health, Kashmir/Jammu Divisional Commissioners, Inspectors General of Kashmir/Jammu Police and Deputy Commissioners and District SPs were present in the meeting.
He was informed that COVID cases in Jammu and Kashmir have increased 10 times in the past 10 days which necessitated strict adherence to CAB, SOPs and COVID protocols and reduction of unnecessary travel from the General public.
The Chief Secretary called on the general public to act responsibly during the third wave of the pandemic and to avoid unnecessary and non-essential travel, especially at weekends, and prevent a further rise in cases.
Emphasizing that Omicron has a growth advantage over the delta variant, Dr. Mehta urged divisional and district administrations to ensure bulletproof application of all COVID protocols and SOPs.
He spearheaded a large-scale awareness campaign to promote district COVID hotlines to seek medical assistance through teleconsultations and reactivation of the block-level COVID medical network to provide isolation facilities to the Panchayat level, primary medical assistance at primary health care centers and referral to district and tertiary health care facilities in case of emergency.
District administrations have been urged to improve their testing figures including RtPCR testing and speed up the identification, isolation and micro-containment of infection, in addition to accelerating the vaccination campaign in the age category 15-17 which is currently at 40%. They were asked to complete vaccination in this age category within one week by increasing the number of vaccination sites and decentralizing the process.
The Chief Secretary has instructed the Department of Health and Medical Education to prioritize the administration of booster doses to vulnerable populations through the ongoing ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign.
Additionally, revenue, police and health departments have been ordered to vaccinate frontline workers, healthcare workers and volunteers with the third precautionary dose.
The Chief Secretary has requested the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Director of SKIMS, Director General, Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization and Principal GMC Srinagar to brief the media regularly on measures to mitigation, the current trajectory of the disease and to respond appropriately to public concerns about it. .

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