Ensuring a five-bed Covid care center in each panchayat: LG Manoj Sinha
J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday ordered the 20 deputy commissioners and health departments to ensure a five-bed Covid care center in each panchayat.
In a series of tweets, he relayed the information. “Led DC and Health Department to ensure a 5 bed Covid care center in each J&K panchayat, as many households may not have the ability to isolate Covid positive patients in their own residence. Each center must have an oxygen bed for immediate care (sic), ”he wrote on his Twitter account.
” ₹1 Lakh approved from the district Capex budget for the establishment of facilities in the school, community hall or Panchayat ghar in consultation with the nearest health center and representatives of the Panchayat. These centers must be equipped with the necessary medical kit and linked to the nearest health centers. This will strengthen health infrastructure in rural areas (sic), ”he added.
“People requiring isolation should be identified by panchayats / relevant medical staff / ASHA workers. Mobile test vans will be used to cover villages for testing with the help of PRI and volunteers. Doctors must establish a referral link with dedicated Covid health centers and dedicated Covid hospitals. Ambulance services in rural areas to have oxygen support to safely transport patients to dedicated Covid hospitals, ”another LG article read.
Meanwhile, amid the surge in Covid cases in rural Jammu and Kashmir, All Jammu Kashmir Panchayat conference chair Anil Sharma has sought to test and 100% vaccinate the rural population. , who, he said, “was looking straight in the eye. of death due to the lethargic approach of the authorities ”.
There are a total of 4,129 panchayats in the 20 districts of J&K.
“There has been no vaccination at all for a month, that too, as the second wave is at its peak. No work is underway to contain the virus in rural areas, ”he said.
“There is no vaccination among the 18-45 age group in rural areas and 20% of the population over 45 has yet to be vaccinated. The virus is spreading rapidly in rural areas and villagers face a serious risk to their lives, ”he added.
Sharma said he receives at least 100 calls a day from sarpanches and panches, informing villagers are testing positive in their areas.
“We are also volunteering to open all our panchayat ghars to convert them into Covid care centers for patients, but the government should show some urgency,” he added.
“The inhabitants of the villages, being robust, tend to neglect the mild symptoms and in turn, they multiply the virus. It is high time the government undertook 100% testing and serious vaccination, ”he added.
It can be said here that the vaccination campaign for the 18 and over category in Jammu and Kashmir is proceeding at a snail’s pace.
“I, with my wife, went to get the first vaccine, but we were told that there were no doses available for us,” said Hira Lal from Chachwal village in Samba district.
Hari Singh, another villager from the same area, said the health authorities themselves did not know how and when they would get their supplies.
Publication of the annual report on good governance
Meanwhile, LG Sinha on Wednesday released “Annual Report – Promoting Good Governance” compiled by the finance department outlining the main initiatives it has undertaken in 2020-2021 to bring transparency and accountability in the execution of public works.
Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary of LG, were present on the occasion.
The report in e-book form provides an overview of reforms, measures taken by the ministry to institutionalize prudence in financial management at J&K.