JPDA suggests measures to control COVID-19 spread

JPDA president Rakesh Gupta addressing a press conference at Jammu. —Excelsior/Rakesh
JPDA president Rakesh Gupta addressing a press conference at Jammu. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, April 28: Jammu Pharmaceutical Distributors Association (JPDA) today suggested a slew of measures to the J&K administration to control fast spreading of 2nd wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing a press conference, Rakesh Gupta, president of the Association while speaking about the alarming situation across India due to sudden and steep surge in COVID 19 positive cases, advocated for a 7-day complete lockdown in Union Territory of J&K so that ample time is given to one and all to procure essentials/give time to tourists to leave and labourers to settle. The JPDA president said that there is no doubt that the heavy losses were suffered by all the traders during the lockdown last year but we can do business and earn our livelihood only if we remain alive.
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He advised the UT administration to appoint district wise Nodal Officers to help admission of COVID-19 positive patients who need hospitalization or medicines, to establish area wise Flu OPDs in open spaces to reduce the burden and risk of infection in hospitals, to establish facilities for vaccination in open spaces so that the risk of gathering indoors at vaccination centres reduces, to review the list of essentials and notify the same and to display the availability of oxygen beds across different hospitals though an APP or website.
The JPDA president also suggested the administration to come out with a calendar for opening of outlets dealing with essentials on rotational basis, to allow uninterrupted movement of goods carriers inter state and intra state, to provide lockdown movement passes to the families and guests as per SOP or treat the function e-cards as passes for weddings and allow them for marriage as per rituals at the venues like hotels/banquets/ guest houses or their homes.
The Government was also advised to come out with clear cut instructions in the lockdown notification without any ifs and buts so that no one faces harassment, to announce immediate and maximum subsidy for setting up Oxygen Generation Plants in private hospitals and big nursing homes, to ensure early availability of Injection Remdesiver across all hospitals and to ensure the allocation of Injection Tocilizumab in the National allocation list.
Others present in the press conference were Ajay Gupta (senior vice president), Brijesh Gupta (vice president), Rajan Gupta (secretary general), Ravinder Gandaral (secretary) and Manmeet Sigh (treasurer).