Bandipora: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmad Thursday conducted an extensive tour of the district and inspected various health care centres and newly established Covid Care Centres (CCCs) besides reviewing the covid containment measures in the district.
The DC visited Nadihal several PHCs, NTPHcs and Covid Care Centres and was accompanied by Senior Superintendent of Police Mohammad Zahid, Chief Medical Officer, Nodal Officer Dr Murtaza and other senior officers of the district during the tour.
The DC expressed satisfaction over the arrangements put in place to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. He said on the directions of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, a 5 bedded Covid Care Centre is being established in every Panchayat with one bed fully oxygen support to meet the local needs so that burden on district and other hospitals is eased.
Later while briefing media about the covid status in the district, Dr Owais said that the positivity rate has declined from 10 percent in the first week of May to 6.7 percent Thursday.
Giving details, he said there are 8131 total cases reported so far with 958 active positive cases as on date, while only 98 positive patients are under hospital isolation. He said there is 87.18 percent recovery rate in the district and 84 deaths have been reported in the district owing to covid including 22 deaths during the 2nd wave.
Regarding the status of tests conducted across the district, the DC said that over 38528 tests were conducted this month, and the trajectory of the positivity rate has shown decline in the district which is a positive development.
Elaborating on the status of Vaccination campaign in the district, the DC said that about 75 percent of vaccination of people above 45 years of age is completed and appealed the rest to get vaccinated at the earliest adding that sufficient doses of vaccination are available in the district. He said 89646 doses of vaccination have been given so far.
Dr Owais said there are adequate arrangements put in place with regard to the healthcare services to tackle the pandemic. He said there are 1100 isolation beds available with 130 beds fully oxygen supported and seven ventilators that has grossly reduced our referrals to tertiary care hospitals in Srinagar.
Regarding Micro Containment strategy, the DC said that there are 22 Micro Containment Zones in the district and extensive testing campaigns have been launched in these areas besides vaccination.
He said that district administration is always available for the timely redressal of grievances of the people and sought cooperation from all sects of the society in the same way as they showed cooperation earlier to contain the pandemic effectively.