Deputy Commissioner, Mussarat Islam today said that Ramban district has witnessed a sharp decrease in Covid cases with the positivity rate dropping to 3.5% which was 9.9% in 3rd week of May.He said that the significant improvement is the result of strict enforcement of Covid safety protocols and other containment measures, including intensive testing and vaccination.“We hope the positivity rate will decline further to below 2% in the next few days,'' he said while addressing media persons at the periodic presser on Covid management, here.The DC said that normal medical services remained unaffected during 2nd surge in health institutions across the district and patients are visiting hospitals amid covid protocols He said that the Health department has vaccinated more than 80% of the targeted population besides mobilizing all the vaccination teams to ensure 100% vaccination till June 30 in the district. He informed the 2nd dose being given to the people who have completed their prescribed period after the first dose.He said that adequate numbers of Magistrates alongwith enforcement teams have been deputed at all vulnerable locations especially in tourist places to implement all SoPs to contain spread of Covid infections.
He said that only 5 micro containment zones are in force, while the rest have been de-notified after 100% testing and zero positive cases.He informed that the rural COVID Isolation centres established in all 143 Panchayats have been provided medical supplies and 55 centres have also been provided Medical Oxygen Concentrators. For the rest the Oxygen Concentrators would be supplied by Jammu Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation very soon. This facility has been created especially for the Covid positive patients in rural areas who lack a separate room and toilet facility in their home, said the DC while urging the people to use these facilities to contain the spread of Covid infection.The DC said that sufficient Medical Oxygen Gas has been stocked in the district. The DC said that the door to door vaccination drive has achieved tangible results and progress on vaccination reached saturation by giving the first dose to the whole lot of targeted people. He said the rest target is being cross checked with the migratory population, who are expected to have vaccinated in other districts, and eligible people are coming for the 2nd dose.