Srinagar, Jun 7 : As government employees were directed to attend their offices regularly from Saturday onwards in the Union Territory (UT) of J&K after three months of Coronavirus induced lockdown, health experts have urged people to strictly follow the health guidelines. Till Sunday in the union territory, 40 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 and about 3500 have been infected by it. The UT administration had directed employees to attend offices regularly from Saturday onwards.
However, the attendance of the employees was very less due to non availability of transport as public transport remained suspended. The administration also held a series of meetings with religious leaders on how to reopen the holy places. Meanwhile, health experts have appealed to people to completely follow the prescribed guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures(SOP)'s so as to contain the spread of Coronavirus and not show any laxity while the restrictions have been eased.
Urging people to be serious about taking safety measures, Dr Rouf Hussain Rather, MD Community Medicine, presently working as Public Health Expert at Covid Control Room, Divisional Commissioner’s Office Kashmir, said that all efforts are being made to prevent spread of the corona virus and people should in no way become complacent in observance of personal health guidelines. With the Government likely to announce more relaxations and easing of restrictions for resumption of economic activities in various sectors which have suffered severely during the lockdown period, Dr Rather said that the same should not be construed as a decline in threat of the infection and its further spread.
Dr Rather said that people should realize that the Government has laid down guidelines for the public to remain unharmed from corona virus but the COVID-19 per se is ruthless. He felt that people should now become more cautious and cooperate with authorities to fight this disease in the Kashmir Valley. Experts are stressing on following guidelines in letter and spirit and appealing to people to come out of their homes only when it is unavoidable, adding that the elderly and children in particular must stay indoors. They reiterated that compulsory use of face mask and maintaining social distancing protocol when outdoors is necessary and people must avoid visiting crowded places, avoid surface touching with hands, avoid hands touching mouth, nose or eyes, maintain hand hygiene, use sanitizers, take shower and wash clothes with detergent after returning from work places. (UNI)