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Govt claims fall flat, Kashmir faces shortage of Covid vaccines

(Asian News Hub) – The tall claims of administration that stock of Covid-19 vaccines and Remdesivir are available in adequate quantity in Jammu and Kashmir are falling flat as almost every vaccination centre in Kashmir division has run out of stock.

People from different areas of Kashmir told that they have been visiting vaccination centres for three consecutive day, “but no vaccines were available”.

“Officials at the centre is telling us to come for vaccination next week. We were also told to confirm the availability before visiting the centre,” they said.

They requested concerned authorities to make vaccines available at the earliest.

Notably, a day before the administration had claimed that there is no shortage of vaccines besides medicines and other things.

Top health officials from the Kashmir division told that in past two-three days there was vaccination shortage mostly in Srinagar district “but centres in other parts of Kashmir are also running dry.”

Officials said there has been a spike in demand for vaccines, which is why the stock is over.

However, they claimed that in the coming days, the shortage would be taken care of.

As per official figures, the administration has vaccinated over 22 lakh people in Jammu and Kashmir which includes 50 per cent of the target so far in the age group of people above 45.

State Immunisation Officer told that for Friday, there was the stock of just around 16,000 vaccines available for Kashmir, however, per day around 40,000 were being vaccinated in the Kashmir division.

He said that the 16,000 vaccines would have been administered in morning.

“We are in touch with concerned authorities and fresh stock will reach here tomorrow or day after tomorrow,” he said. “There is no need to worry as everyone will get an opportunity to get vaccinated.”

Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Atal Dulloo on Thursday told that starting the vaccination process for all above 18 years of age will take around 20 days time.

“As of now State/UT administration has to purchase vaccines directly from manufacturing companies which they earlier were getting directly from the central government,” Dulloo said.



In absence of family, Muslim neighbours perform last rites of elderly Pandit in Pulwama

(Asian News Hub) – The Muslim neighbours in Tahab locality of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district performed the last rites of an elderly Kashmiri Pandit on Saturday.

According to the news agency—KNO, Pandit Makhan Lal (70) breathed his last at his home in Tahab on Friday late night, plunging the whole locality in mourning.

Soon after the news of his death spread, the local Muslims made special arrangements to perform his last rites. They also ferried firewood to cremate the deceased.

“It is in our Islam to take care of our neighbours irrespective of their religion,” Zubair, a local resident said.

He said that his family members were in Jammu and it is their duty to perform his last rites.

Makhan Lal was a retired employee in BSNL and died after brief illness. He is survived by three daughters and two sons.

Notably, Makhan Lal was the maternal uncle of chief medical officer Pulwama, Dr Ramesh Mall.

Pandit families who are residing in Tahab locality did not migrate from Kashmir valley during the early 1990’s and instead decided to stay put. Since then the two communities have lived in the locality in harmony and have always shown compassion to each other.


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CRPF man among six die of Covid-19 in Kashmir, toll 2,678 in J&K

(Asian News Hub) – At least six persons including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who were tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday evening in Kashmir, taking the toll of deaths to 2,678 in Jammu and Kashmir.

An official told that six patients who died include 50-year-old CRPF man of 96 BN posted in Anantnag, 45-year-old man from Rajbagh, 58-year-old woman from Harwan, 55-year-old man from Chadoora, 50-year-old man from Iddgha and 85-year-old woman from Chadoora.

He said that three deaths were reported at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura while one death was reported at SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

He further added that one each death was reported at JVC Bemina and CD Hospital Dalgate.

With six fresh fatalities, the death toll related to Covid-19 in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir mounted to 2,678.


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CRPF man dies of Covid-19 at SKIMS Soura

(Asian News Hub) – A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) man, who was tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar.

An official told that a CRPF man identified as Abhimaniya Sahu of 96 BN CRPF posted at Mattan area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district died at SKIMS Soura days after testing positive for COVID-19.

He said that the CRPF man was admitted in the hospital on Saturday morning where as, breathed his last this evening.


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