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SRINAGAR: Chief Secretary, Arun Kumar Mehta on Wednesday directed vaccination of 45 and above age category in Jammu and Kashmir by June 30.Reviewing the stock position of vaccines at a meeting here, the Chief Secretary asked the Health & Medical Education Department to prioritize and saturate the targeted groups of vulnerable population in 18-45 age category and organize systematic vaccination drives for prompt vaccination of the remaining segments on arrival of the next consignment of vaccines.He also called for strengthening the panchayat-level care centres as grid of COVID related services by facilitating testing by taking at least 10 samples per day towards early detection of the cases and subsequent establishment of micro-containment zones of high positivity rate.The Chief Secretary reiterated the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy of the Government towards COVID inappropriate behavior and asked the department to promote awareness among masses through wider IEC activities including advertisements and radio talk shows.“People flaunting such an inappropriate behavior in disregard to the laid down SOPs should be penalized for jeopardizing public health”, he said and emphasized timely testing, tracking, treatment and isolation as a way forward to tackle the pandemic.The Chief Secretary complimented the efforts of the Health & Medical Education Department, divisional and district administrations in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.Financial Commissioner Health & Medical Education, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Mission Director National Health Mission (NHM), Director SKIMS, Principals GMC Srinagar/Jammu, and Directors Health Services Jammu/Kashmir participated in the meeting.
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