Kathua shows improvement in Covid situation with 87% recovery rate: DC

Excelsior Correspondent

BANI, May 26: Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Yadav today said that the Covid situation in Kathua has shown encouraging improvement with 87% recovery rate and decline in bed occupancy to 50%.
The DC was briefing media persons regarding Covid-19 situation in the district and measures undertaken at various levels to control its spread.
He said that against 1114 new cases 1374 patients recovered in last 7 days, showing 87% recovery which is around 5% high against the last week.
Appreciating the efforts of all the stakeholders, the DC credited citizens for their cooperation in implementing the Corona Curfew restrictions and showing enthusiastic participation in Covid Vaccination drives.
Rahul Yadav said that Kathua district has witnessed 17 deaths in last seven days, which also depicts a considerable decline in Covid death rate.
The bed occupancy rate in all Covid dedicated Institutions has also witnessed a lowering trend as only 50% of beds are presently occupied, he informed.
He informed that the process of establishing Rural- Covid Care Centres in all 257 Panchayats of the district is going on in full swing. He said the facility has already been created in 213 Panchayats with beds and other patient care amenities. He disclosed that district administration has placed an order to JKMCL to equip all Rural- CCC’s with Oxygenated Beds without any delay.
Regarding Covid Vaccination Drive, the Deputy Commissioner said the district administration has launched a special drive to cover Vulnerable Groups including Lawyers, Journalists, Shopkeepers, Street Vendors, Dhaba owners and their staff, besides employees of PHE, PDD directly associated with Covid mitigation and control efforts.
He said the vaccination drive will be scaled up in coming days to ensure 100% vaccination of targeted age groups.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Yadav held a meeting with elected PRIs, prominent citizens and Local religious leaders of Bani town at Tourism Reception Centre, Bani.
DDC Member Bani, Reeta Thakur; SSP Kathua R.C Kotwal; SDM Bani, Joginder Singh Jasrotia; BMO Bani, Dr Radha Krishan; BDO Bani, Akhil Aasotra; BDO Duggan Joginder Kumar and local religious leaders were also present.
The Deputy Commissioner called upon the PRI representatives, religious leaders and field functionaries to mobilize people for Covid vaccination in the Sub division, which has registered lowest Vaccination rate and high positivity rate in the district. He appealed the people not to pay heed to the rumours as the vaccination is the only solution to minimise the chances of getting infected.