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High level meeting held to discuss containment of ‘Omicron’ in J&K

Last Updated on November 30, 2021 at 8:57 pm

In view of the spread of new Covid-19 Variant, Omicron, in different countries of the world, the Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today chaired a special meeting of officers to formulate the strategy for containment measures in Kashmir Division.

The meeting was attended by MD, NHM; DC Budgam; ADC Srinagar; Director Health Services Kashmir, Director Airports, Principal, GMC Srinagar, CMO Srinagar, CMO Budgam, Incharge DCCRK,  SSO/ Epidemiologist Kashmir and other public health specialists of DCCRK.

In view of government advisory, the meeting   decided that mandatory RTPCR test of all international passengers should be conducted at Srinagar Airport irrespective of travellers previous negative report  or fully  vaccination status. 

Besides, it was further decided that if RTPCR report turns negative, the passenger shall be kept under home quarantine for Ist week and again retested on 8th day of home Quarantine or whenever traveller develops symptoms of ILI during the course of Quarantine; if the report of RTPCR comes negative he/she will self monitor for one more week at  strict home Quarantine. 

However, if first test of a international traveler comes out positive then the person will be shifted to DRDO hospital Khunmoh and the testing sample  shall be sent for whole genome sequencing to know whether they are infected by new  Covid-19 variant of Omicron or any other strain. 

At the outset, MD NHM Kashmir Yaseen Chowdary gave a Power Point Presentation where he shared the information about the presence of new covid variant in some countries and travel related cases in other nations.

It was informed that B.1.1.529 new variant is possibly 500% competitively more infectious and has rapidly spread in South Africa, Some European Countries, and Some Asian countries also. Besides, it was also informed that WHO guidance note mentions that  current RTPCR test continues to be effective in detecting  the new  variant.