Controlling Covid Surge: Admin ropes religious heads to aware people

SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole Thursday held virtual meet with Imams, Khateebs, Ulemas, Mutwalies of Mosques and Shrines of Waqf Board regarding reinforcement of Covid-19 guidelines at religious places besides creating mass awareness among the people, an official spokesman said here.
The meeting was also attended by all Deputy Commissioners, Director Health, Director Tourism, Chairman Waqf Board, Epidemiologist DCCRK and other officers.
On the occasion, Div Com appreciated the role of Imams, Ulemas and Khateebs during the 1st and 2nd waves of Covid-19 Pandemic.
Meanwhile, he reminded them about their religious and social responsibility to play even much better role in educating people by reiterating the covid precautionary messages frequently on loud speakers besides strictly enforce observance of SOPs including physical distancing, wearing of masks, use of sanitizers, avoiding physical contacts and discouraging crowds. Further, Pole asked them to use their moral authority to sensitize people.
Div Com asked them to use electronic and social media to disseminate awareness regarding Covid Appropriate Behavior and its compliance. He said that we are going through a third wave which may last for about one hundred days.
Pole stressed on involving more efforts to tackle the emerging situation effectively and efficiently. He said we need to take responsibility at individual and collective level to overcome the challenges of the third wave.
While referring to the successful outcome of administrative efforts in J&K particularly in the valley during the last two phases of the virus as compared to other parts of the country, he said that administration needs to be fully prepared besides seeking simultaneous support of religious influencers and the general public.
He added that the third wave is highly contagious but patients mostly develop mild symptoms so maximum affected persons would require home isolation. In this regard, Div Com reiterated for adopting self restrictions, regulations and isolation to contain spread of virus.
He emphasized on sensitization of people five times a day by Imams and khateebs of Mosques and Shrines.
On the occasion, the religious leaders assured the Divisional Commissioner of their support and cooperation during this difficult phase of pandemic like before to make efforts of the government successful.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Baramulla, Bhupinder Kumar also convened a joint meeting of Aimah Masajid/ Imams, Religious heads and other prominent citizens to review the Covid-19 mitigation efforts.
Asserting that the Aimah Masajid and religious heads have a great faith and influence over the people, the DC impressed upon them to play an active role in disseminating the awareness among people with regard to proper implementation of Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB).
The DC urged religious leaders to make people aware with regard to implementation of Covid-19 SOPs in worship places, adding that these religious places contain huge gatherings of people, therefore it is necessary to make people understand for maintaining of Social distance, using of face masks besides proper sanitization of hands.
He also stressed upon the prominent citizens to use their influence in the society so that people will follow CAB religiously.
Later, pamphlets containing information regarding Covid Appropriate Behavior were distributed among the personalities who were present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, as the threat of Omicron Variant is persistently increasing on daily basis, District Administration Baramulla has intensified a vaccination cum announcement drive across the Baramulla District.
With regard to the vaccination drive, Chief Medical Officer Baramulla, Bashir Ahmad Malik said that more than 30,000 Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Baramulla district between the age group of 15-18 Years, while more than 2000 Covid booster doses were administered for the age group of 60 years.
Apart from vaccination drives, announcements were made by district administration across the Baramulla with an aim to make general people aware regarding proper adoption of Covid-19 Appropriate Behavior, wearing of face masks besides maintaining of Social distance in public places.
In Shopian Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Mushtaq Ahmad Simnani also convened a meeting of officers, Ulemas, religious leaders and other concerned to review the Covid mitigation efforts.
In his address, the ADC stressed the Ulemas and others to play their role in spreading the awareness regarding implementation of Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and related SOPs among the masses.
Simani said that the aim of the meeting is to send a message to the people about implementation of Covid Appropriate Behaviour through Ulemas of Masajids so that people can be saved from such a deadly virus.
He said that the Aimah and religious leaders’ role is very important in this behalf and emphasised upon them to spread the awareness of Covid Appropriate Behaviour in their respective Masjids.
ADC on the occasion, stressed upon the Ulemas to use their influence so that people will follow CAB religiously. He said that the need of the hour is to make use of masks, maintain social distance and avoid large gatherings to save precious lives.
In Kulgam Additional Development Commissioner (ADC), Showkat Ahmad Rather held a meeting with religious leaders, Auqaf members at the mini-secretariat, here.
The meeting was convened to discuss various issues related to covid-19 mitigation efforts in the district.
The meeting discussed various precautionary measures that need to be taken in view of the looming threat of spread of the third wave of Covid-19 Pandemic and the SOPs to be followed especially at public places, religious places.
The ADC urged the Imams, Khateebs and members of Auqaf Committees to utilize their influence in societies and motivate the people to adopt CAB and other precautionary measures especially use of face masks and maintaining social distance.
He urged them to ask people not to lower the guard and continue to maintain the highest level of alertness and adherence to SOPs to counter the spread of virus.
He added that collectively we can overcome this situation and every stakeholder and individual has to play his role.
He also sensitized them to ensure strict adherence of SOPs at religious and other places.
Meanwhile district Administration Kulgam continues mass awareness campaigns, vaccination and testing across the district.
The Motor Vehicle department distributed masks and carried drive to enforce and implement CAB, SOPs.

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