In view of surge in COVID-19 cases and with the aim to further strengthen the COVID-19 mitigation measures, Deputy Commissioner Poonch Sh. Inder Jeet chaired a meeting of officers to review the overall scenario of rising cases of deadly virus in the District post breakdown of second wave.
At the onset, Deputy Commissioner expressed his displeasure on the non implementation of decisions taken in the previous meeting by some officers. He exhorted upon the concerned officers to work with added zeal and dedication in the mitigation efforts being put in place by the District Administration.
He directed Health Department to closely monitor the positive cases in home isolation and provide them with necessary monitoring equipments for better check and control against further spreading of Virus. Stressing on the need to strengthen robust vaccination mechanism in the district, he imparted instruction to Police, Revenue and Health Departments to ensure strict vigilance at all the entry points to District and make 100% testing. He also directed them to enforce proper COVID-19 SOP guidelines. He also passed directions to EO Surankote, Poonch and BDO Mendhar for immediate fumigation of religious places, markets and public places of considerable gathering.
With an aim to contain the spread of virus to a precarious point, Deputy Commissioner directed for strict implementation of COVID protocol at all chemist shops and private clinics. He also asked for 100% screening and testing of focus groups especially shopkeepers and Bankers etc and directed for action against the defaulters not complying.
Acknowledging contributions of frontline warriors, he directed for 100% screening/testing of frontline workers from Police, Health, RDD, Revenue and other line departments involve in the process.
In view of the festive month, he directed the concerned SDMs and Tehsildars to hold frequent meetings with religious heads and seek their cooperation in fight against the virus by ensuring vaccination and to follow COVID SOPs.
Reckoning means of transport as a potential source of spreading virus, he asked concerned SDMs and SHOs to ensure strict observation of SOPs related to COVID-19 in public/private transport and recommend cases of habitual offenders to the ARTO if any for further necessary action.
Meanwhile, all the District Officers were also directed to get vaccinated all the employees working under their control within seven days.
Deputy Commissioner in reference to Government Order No: DMP/PA/32-41 dated: 02-04-2021 has also directed all the officers mentioned in the order to implement the issued guidelines in true letter and spirit.
To ensure check on influx of virus from Valley, he directed BMO Surankote to immediately establish checking/testing centre at Mughal Road which is set to be thrown open in near future.
The officers attending the meeting included Sr. Superintendent of Police Poonch, ADDC Poonch, ACR Poonch, SDM Mendhar, Surankote, CMO Poonch, among others.