LG briefs Union Health Minister

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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor G C Murmu on Tuesday said the administration has procured RNA extractors for enhancing testing capacity for COVID-19.
He also said emphasis was being laid on identifying vulnerable populations including the elderly people and those with comorbidities.
Briefing Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan through video-conferencing about the measures undertaken for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19, the Lt Governor said RNA extractors have been procured by the UT administration for enhancing testing capacity.

55 new virus cases take J&K tally to 934
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday witnessed its biggest single-day spike as 55 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the Union territory, taking the total number of cases to 934, officials said.
They said 42 cases were reported from the Kashmir Valley, out of which 27 were detected in Kulgam district alone, while Kupwara had 10 new cases.
In Jammu region, 13 cases were detected on Tuesday, out of which seven are in Kathua district, they said.
Of the 934 total cases, 844 are in Kashmir and 90 in Jammu region,” they said.
The officials added that there are 469 active cases in the Union territory – 435 in Kashmir and 34 in Jammu.
They said 455 patients have recovered in the Union territory.
The UT has so far witnessed 10 COVID-19 deaths.
According to the daily Media Bulletin, till date 98,083 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which include 24,285 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 153 in Hospital Quarantine, 469 in hospital isolation and 10,830 under home surveillance. Besides, 62,336 persons have completed their surveillance period.

The Lt Governor also apprised the Union minister about ‘Swasthya Nidhi’- an Integrated Health Audit and Intensive Screening Framework, an application that provides an ideal platform to reach out to each household in the UT.
“A robust mechanism has been put in place for door to door survey, with 90 percent coverage under Swasthya Nidhi already done for effectively combating the spread of COVID-19,” Murmu said.
The emphasis is being laid on identifying vulnerable population including the elderly people and those with comorbidities, he added.
J and K is among the highest states/UTs in terms of COVID-19 testing per million population, Murmu said.
The Union minister expressed satisfaction over the UT administration’s efforts in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in J and K, an official release said.
The minister also interacted with deputy commissioners of red zone districts of J and K and received their feedback on various aspects related to COVID-19 control efforts, it said.
Non-COVID patient care efforts of the UT administration also received appreciation from the Union health minister, the release said.
On the sidelines of the video-conferencing, the Lt governor chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the emerging situation in J and K and also took review of the comprehensive planning and rapid response mechanism being put in place to combat COVID-19, it said.
He directed the officers to involve local communities and community leaders during surveys, testing and contact tracing for confidence building among the people.
He also directed for enhancement of ICU beds in the districts, wherever required.
The Lt Governor stressed on ensuring the protocols to be followed during the process of bringing the stranded people of J and K back to the UT, and also underlined the importance of compulsory testing of these people.
BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education; Bhupinder Kumar, Mission Director, NHM J&K; Dr. Renu Sharma, Director Health Services, Jammu attended the meeting.