For the last many days, the Covid19 fatality and positivity rates have decreased considerably, the minister said

The Minister emphasized yet again during the interaction to revive the free Tele-Consultation facilities for rural and far flung areas

More than 62 percent vaccination has been completed in Jammu and Kashmir, much higher than the rest of the country, Udhampur MP and Union Minister of State for the Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh has said.

He has also appreciated the efforts of frontline workers during the vaccination drive across Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh was referring to recent statistics available for the Union Territory while interacting with the District Development Council (DDC) Chairpersons and Municipal Council Presidents of Udhampur Lok Sabha Constituency about Covid-19 management.

The Minister asked them to regularly follow up COVID related facilities in their respective districts, constituencies and areas.

He said that their role, being the elected representatives, becomes imperative to tackle the Covid19 pandemic in their respective constituencies.

The elected DDC representatives having the legitimate authority can play a pivotal role in this pandemic using their resources & authority so as to live up to the expectations of people, Singh stated.

He also impressed upon them to conduct regular meetings with the concerned Deputy Commissioners and top health officials of the district so as to bring to the notice of the concerned the important requirements related to Covid19 management be that ventilators, oxygen concentrators required on war footing basis.

The Minister emphasized yet again during the interaction to revive the free ‘Tele-Consultation' facilities for rural and far flung areas for which the guidelines already exist for the empanelment of recognised doctors on a shift wise basis and will reduce burden of patients at District Hospitals through indiscriminate referral system.

He emphasized that DDC Chairpersons can again play an important role in vaccination drive by establishing vaccination centres at Panchayat levels so as to assist locally and administratively in it.

The Union Minister of State for DoNER stressed that the elected representatives must involve themselves in Covid Care Centres established at Panchayat levels so as to boost the healthcare system at grassroots level and confidence among those patients admitted there.

On the current Covid-19 positivity and fatality rate across Jammu and Kashmir, the Minister said that for the last many days, the Covid19 fatality and positivity has decreased considerably which is a good sign during pandemic and can boost the confidence of people vis-à-vis healthcare facilities that have been revamped up across J&K.

Responding to the concerns raised by the DDC Chairpersons about the treatment of non-covid critical patients, mainly cancer patients requiring chemotherapy and kidney patients requiring dialysis, the Minister said that the efforts are being made to earmark beds for such patients at GMC & other associated hospitals now as the Covid19 cases have started decreasing from last many days.