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Early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease: DC Ganderbal


The Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal today urged upon the Health Department to mobilize all available resources for early detection of COVID-19 positive patients in the district to prevent the spread of disease.

He said this during a meeting with the Officers and officials of the Health Department to review progress on daily sampling targets and contact tracing of COVID-19 positive patients.

The meeting was attended by ADC Ganderbal, Farooq Ahmad Baba, CMO Ganderbal, DHO, BMOs and other officials from Heath Department.

The DC sought details from the BMOs on progress of sampling in Red Zones, Rapid Antigen Testing, contact tracing, Home Quarantine protocol, follow up of Quarantine patients, besides availability of oximeter in their respective blocks.

During the meeting, the DC urged upon the BMOs to generate awareness among the people that how they put their lives and their families at risk if they could not disclose their contact with COVID-19 positive patient.

He also stressed that people shall be made aware about preventive measures and advised to take care of lifestyle/mental disorders so that their physical and mental health is ensured during this pandemic.

To ensure proper monitoring of patients in home isolation, the DC stressed for prompt response to such patients in case of emergency and regular health checkups.

Meanwhile, the DC exhorted upon the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary and If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent hand washing, he added.