MIRPUR: Authorities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) have formed health committees in all union councils to instantly compile the data of foreign-returned citizens and pilgrims to avert the transmission of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana has decided to collect all relevant data of the 26,500 persons including pilgrims who recently returned to the valley from abroad. According to AJK government spokesperson Raja Azhar Iqbal, these health committees would consist of more than 345 Lady Health Workers, Vaccinators of EPI and National Health Program, Secretary of 204 union councils, revenue officers and police.
He added these committees would not only compile data but also transfer the suspects to the nearest quarantine centres. He said the supervisor of the committees were asked to submit their daily progress report to the District Coordination Committee and central committee.
Meanwhile, a Coronavirus Alert Control Room has been set up at IT board office in the regional capital to collect and maintain the digital record of the government’s coronavirus response activities across the region.
Senior Member Board of Revnue Fayyaz Ali Abbasi, Secretary Information and IT Midhat Shahzad, Secretary SDMA Syed Shahid Mohy-ud-Din, Secretary Health Tahir Sardar, Secretary Forests Syed Zahoor ul Hassan Gillani, Secretary Small Industries Khawaja Ahsan, IGP Salah ud Din Khan and concerned officials will surprise the committee performance on daily basis.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider had announced a three-week lockdown in the region in order to contain the outbreak of coronavirus. The region has at least six confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in Indian-Occupied Kashmir the number of reported coronavirus cases have reached at least thirteen while one person has died as the restive region was already under a communication blockade.