STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Nirbhay Bharat Foundation has expressed serious concern over the increasing number of fresh COVID positive cases in the rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory and demanded more strict enforcement of SOPs and restrictions in such areas. In a statement issued to media here today, Chairman of the Foundation, Tarun Uppal said it is a matter of great concern that the number of COVID cases has now started rising even in the rural areas of UT and this development needs to be taken as ringing alarm by the administration.He said, we need to acknowledge that in view of not being able to handle the situation in urban areas as per the expectation and necessity, there is a dire need to immediately arrest the further spread of this deadly virus in rural areas failing which it will create a havoc situation that would be very difficult to control.Chairman Nirbhay Bharat Foundation while expressing anguish over the situation said, it is really an irony of this nation that despite 75 years of independence, today we are unable to provide adequate medical facilities to the people residing in urban areas, not to talk of facilities to those residing in rural areas. He added that it is a matter of serious concern that despite an alert about the anticipated third wave of Covid-19 being in the offing, the efforts of the Union Territory administration in the direction of proper handling are too far from optimum level. He expressed displeasure over the fact that the second wave of this dreadful virus has already taken heavy toll of precious lives across India and the increasing number of deaths in Jammu region during the past fortnight is undoubtedly a matter of utmost concern.Tarun Uppal asserted that it seems that leniency in implementation of Corona Curfew coupled with carelessness is the main reason behind advancing of Corona Virus in the rural areas. He appealed to the Lieutinant Governor Manoj Sinha to direct the enforcement agencies to act tough against the people violating lockdown, moving out without passes and without any genuine urgency.He also sought special focus of the LG led administration on rural healthcare infrastructure which he alleged is far from satisfaction to cater to the needs of population in case of multiplication of COVID-19 cases there. He also appealed to the people of rural areas to strictly follow the COVID SOPs in letter and spirit.
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