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J-K fully geared to tackle any Covid situation: Experts to Chief Secretary

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In a meeting with health experts Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta was today assured that there is no need to panic in view of rising Covid-19 cases in neighboring countries as no surge have been reported so far in the UT.

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The meeting was attended by the Divisional Commissioners; Secretary, Health; Director SKIMS; Principals of Medical Colleges and Heads of Medicine and other experts from the Medical Colleges.

Dr Mehta enjoined upon all these health experts to take preemptive measures so that the administration is fully prepared to meet any contingency. He asked them to activate all the Covid testing facilities so that any person desiring to test finds the facility nearby. He impressed upon them to create ample awareness among public so that no unnecessary scare is created among them.

The Chief Secretary also emphasized on assessing all the facilities afresh so that their operational readiness is checked. He asked them to take stock of medicines and other paraphernalia before hand so that people are served better, if need arises. He asked the department to give booster doses to the vulnerable groups like elderly. He also directed them for encouraging people to observe the Covid appropriate behavior for safety of one and all.

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The Secretary Health informed the meeting that currently there is no bed occupancy related to covid in the health facilities of the UT. He made out that the testing capacity of J&K has been augmented by many folds. The new three COBAS 6800 machines are also being procured for enhancing the facilities further, he added.

It was also revealed that every sample of a positive  person is sent for its genome analysis as per the GoI guidelines. It was apprised that the genome sequencing labs at both the cities of Jammu and Srinagar are being established shortly for better monitoring and evaluation here.

The international travelers are also being monitored and tested randomly besides observing the advisories issued by the Health Ministry, AIIMS and Indian Medical Association, as was divulged in the meeting.

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Moreover the health experts also gave their suggestions regarding the current scenario and preparedness of J&K UT. They informed that the virus is not so lethal this time although the spread may be faster. They advised people to only take precautions so that they keep themselves safe as well as others.

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It was revealed that J&K has around 20000 isolation beds available including 717 ICU, 1320 Ventilators and 5468 oxygen supported beds. It has a capacity to generate 1,14,366 LPM of oxygen from its 154 plants. The UT also has 4 CBNAAT, 15 TRUENAT labs in its hospitals to generate tests more accurately and quickly, the meeting was informed.

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DGP R R Swain visits Martyr Insp. Masroor’s home expresses condolences

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Also visits BB Cantt Hospital to enquire about injured Police official

The Director General of Police, J&K, R R Swain paid a solemn visit to the home of the martyr Inspector Masroor Ahmad Wani in Srinagar this evening and expressed deep condolences and shared grief with the bereaved family.

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DGP was accompanied by ADGP Law and Order Vijay Kumar, IG Kashmir V. K. Birdi and other officers to share the grief of the family, according to statement issued to Asian News Hub.

The DGP met the father and other members of the family and conveyed that J&K Police family will remember the supreme sacrifice of the martyr for decades to come. He assured that the institutional strength of J&K Police will take care of the family.

The DGP J&K conveyed the unwavering support and gratitude of the entire law enforcement community for the ultimate sacrifice made by the martyr.

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He alongwith the officers prayed for the peace of martyr.

R R Swain along with other officers also visited Military Hospital BB Cantt. Srinagar to enquire about the health of the injured Police Selection Grade Constable Mohammad Hafeez who was fired upon by terrorist yesterday evening on his right arm and right side abdomen.

The DGP met the doctors treating the official and impressed for all possible treatment for his early recovery. He assured the injured that all possible help and assistance will be provided.

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Govt teacher on examination duty dies of cardiac arrest in Anantnag

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A government teacher died of suspected cardiac arrest while dispensing duties during JKSSB’s Panchayat Secretary examination in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday.

Quoting officials news agency Kashmir Scroll reported that Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, son of Abdul Khaliq Dar, a resident of Nanil, posted at Boys Middle School Muniwar Anantnag, fell unconscious while on duty at Al-Sarwat School Krangsoo.

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The teacher was immediately taken to DH Anantnag, where the doctors declared him as brought dead on arrival.

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Meet Insha Manzoor, first female photographer from Sopore

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Insha Manzoor [21] currently working with JB Studio. Insha is pursuing BBA from Baramulla College and resides in Sopore and completed her 12th grade from Welkin Sopore.

Insha developed an interest in photography since the 8th grade, initially using an Android phone for school and nature photography. She actively participated in photography contests, winning accolades. Insha’s parents, especially her sister, provided her significant support. After completing her Bachelor’s, Insha aspires to pursue filmmaking.

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Currently, Insha continues her photography using a phone, showcasing her talent on Instagram. Her reels have garnered millions of views, and she has amassed 6,500 followers on Instagram. Insha, a humble individual, promotes north Kashmir through her talents. Insha expresses her determination to continue this work, shining a light on her parents and the entire Kashmir region.

Insha’s message to upcoming photographers is that one can turn photography into a fulfilling profession.

Insha attributes her success to her mentor, Junaid Bhat Photographer, Kashmir Based Photojournalist, acknowledging him as her guide who played a crucial role in her learning journey. Insha Manzoor is not just a photographer; she’s a visionary capturing the essence of Sopore through her lens, breaking stereotypesand pavingthe way for aspiring photographers in the region.

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Note: Apart from the headline, no other changes were made in the article; the writer can be reached at Junaidphotojournalist@gmail.com.

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