J&K among few states to commence rapid antibody testing in red zones says Div Com



Reviews red zone containment policy measures

BK News

Srinagar, April 16: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, Thursday said that J&K UT will be among the few states across the country to initiate rapid antibody testing in Red Zones areas soon.

He also said the health institutions of Kashmir Division will start conducting 1000 COVID19 tests per day shortly.

The Divisional Commissioner was chairing a meeting to review containment policy measures in the red zones, according to an official statement.

The meeting was informed that till date, 80 red zones were identified in Kashmir Division and that such areas will remain red zones up to 42 days unless no new case of COVID19 is detected. If any new case is detected in these areas, then from that date, the area will again remain a red zone for another 42 days. 

The Divisional Commissioner directed officers to adhere to the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs) of red zones in letter and spirit.

He directed concerned to do proper sanitation and fumigation in these areas on a regular basis. For surveillance, he directed to involve health officials, Asha & Anganwadi workers, PRIs, VLWs, ICDS and volunteers.

He directed that the incharge officer will make teams, which will conduct door-to-door surveys in red zone areas as per prescribed format and also maintain social distancing norms and the data thus compiled will be submitted to the charge officers.

During the survey, masks will also be distributed to the local population.

After submitting the data, rapid antibody testing should be conducted on spot in Red Zone areas as per the information. The test will give results instantly whether the person is exposed to the coronavirus or not besides antibodies developed in their body. Officials of Health Department, Volunteers of Red Cross, Civil Defence and employees of concerned departments will conduct the tests.

Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) will create mass awareness regarding SOPs of red zone areas besides informing people to download Arogya-setu applications in their mobiles for Information, Education and Communication purposes. Loud Speaker mounted vehicles will also provide information to the habitants of red zones.

The Divisional Commissioner stressed the officers to implement the directions religiously and to work in close coordination against COVID-19 Pandemic.

VC, LAWDA, Vikas Kundal, Additional Commissioner Kashmir Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Directors of Rural Development & Urban Local Bodies, Joint Director Information, Harris Ahmad Handoo, Deputy Director Health Services, Assistant Commissioner (central) Aziz Ahmad Rather and other concerned officials were present in the meeting.

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