JAMMU & KASHMIR. Srinagar: The Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole urged people to cooperate and maintain appropriate COVID-19 behavior religiously contain the spread of virus in a meeting on Monday. Pole also urged the citizens to get vaccinated in order to fight COVID-19.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla and Budgam, Commissioner SMC, Director Health Services Kashmir, Director Tourism, Director SWD, JD Information, CMOs and other senior officers from the Health and concerned departments.
Heads of various tour, travel, traders, transporters and tourism bodies besides representatives from other related associations were also present in the meeting.
Urging people to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines
During the meeting, Pole said that positivity rate in most of the districts of Kashmir is still above 5 percent and the government has unlocked the COVID-19 curfew in a phased manner. This decision has brought a sigh of relief to the people who faced financial difficulties during the lockdown period.
Pole has appealed to people in general and shopkeepers, public transporters and traders to ensure adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines.
He emphasized that shopkeepers should avoid unnecessary rush at their shops and public transporters should carry only 50 percent passengers and follow the laid down guidelines religiously to ensure containment of virus.
“It is important to set up vaccination booths and operate mobile vaccination centers to ensure all people associated with trade, travel and associated sectors are vaccinated as soon as possible,” he added.
The need for mass vaccination
Pole appealed to heads of these associations to go for mass vaccination against COVID-19 virus, their employees and family members to ensure breaking of chain of transmission in the community.
“Unlocking restrictions shall give respite to small traders, Mohallah shopkeepers, street vendors, small edible vendors who have been severely hit during the lockdown period, however, those traders and shopkeepers who have better financial conditions should avoid opening their shops during this period.”
Meanwhile, Pole rebuffed the news spread against vaccines as fake and urged people not to pay heed to such negative information.
“Vaccines are safe and have high protection against the virus and getting vaccinated has become a social obligation to ensure our own safety as well as safeguarding others.”
Pole also checked the district wise progress of the vaccination process from concerned DCs and instructed them to intensify the campaign to ensure 100 percent coverage of all eligible persons.