Covid spike: Srinagar has 260 areas as active Micro Containment Zones

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MCZs be notified depending number of cases: DM to authorities

Srinagar, Jan 27 : Amid the spike in the Covid cases across Jammu and Kashmir, the district administration Srinagar has declared 260 areas across the district as Micro Containment Zones.

However, the administration has directed the authorities that Micro Containment Zones shall be notified depending the number of cases and district control room shall conduct a daily evaluation.

According to an official document available with the news agency, a total of 662 areas have been declared Micro-Containment Zones till date while 401 have been denotified completely.

A total of 260 areas are active Micro zones in Srinagar at present, it said.

“In view of the above, I, Mohammad Aijaz (IAS), District Magistrate (Chairman, DDMA) Srinagar, In exercise of powers vested in me under The Disaster Management Act 2005, read with section 144 CrPC/ The Epidemic Disease Act 1897, thereby order that Micro-Containment Zones shall be notified depending the number of cases and district control room shall conduct a daily evaluation,” reads the notification issued by District Magistrate Srinagar, under number 149 of 01/2022, dated 27-01-2022.

“Locations with 05-15 cases shall be micro-containment zones and in case of more numbers the adjoining Micro-Containment Zones shall be clubbed. However, planning shall Matrix of prioritization notified by NHM shall be guiding document for the purpose. The classification of cZs in High Priority, Medium Priority; and Indicators of Monitoring shall be adopted as per said notification,” it said.

“The area of 50-75 Mtrs radius from epicenter shall be declared as micro- containment zone. There shall be no inward or outward movement of any person from/to the said area, except permitted for specific services or on health/surveillance duty within the zone.”

“The Tehsildar concerned shall be the administrator of the containment zones. He/She shall coordinate with all the line departments to ensure the availability of all basic requirements including Food grains, LPG medicines etc in the containment zones. Executive Magistrates are authorized to requisition services of any GOVT official for designated duty in Containment Zones.”

“Ward Officer, SMC Shall mark the houses including in Micro-Containment Zone and make announcement locally for information of public, and also seeking their cooperation.”

“A list of houses and details of family members shall be generated jointly by teams of Health, ICDS and SMC – which shall form the basis for surveillance and testing. Perimeter restrictions ensuring regulated entry/exit of permitted persons shall be put in place by PWD. For this purpose SE PWD(R&B) shall ensure proper liaison between concerned Tehsildars and AEES.”

“CMO Srinagar shall activate his RRTs immediately for survey and surveillance in the area besides line listing and contact tracing District Control Room shall submit case-wise and Micro-Containment Zone wise daily progress to District Magistrate.”

“CMO shall also ensure 100% testing in containment zones on designated days. Sufficient testing kits shall be made available for each Micro-Containment Zones. SMC shall depute teams immediately to sanitize the containment zone and the exercise shall be repeated as per SOP. Nodal Officer, It Commissioner Adm SMC to supervise the process and send report to Control Room.”

“The SSP Srinagar shall ensure the Entry/Exit points in the Containment zone are sealed except one designate entry/exit point for emergency purpose only; and restrictions on movement of the people in containment zones are effected in letter and spirit as the SOP. Logistic support shall be provided by concerned Tehsildars and PWD.”

“Health Department shall conduct the detailed exercise for Micro-Containment Zones as per the document shared by NCDC viz a viz guidelines on the subject including focus on high risk population, SARI/ILI cases, Co-Morbid cases etc. Department of Social and Preventive Medicine shall depute teams to observe the Micro-Containment measures put in place by department, any short comings noticed thereof shall be immediately brought to notice of Nodal Office of concerned department in writing and a compilation of such daily recommendation shall be sent to District Disaster Management Officer (DDMO).”

“A third-part monitoring of above measures shall be conducted by DDMA to audit the measures put in place, notice shortcomings if any and suggest departments, and propose action required to be taken in the matter. Special squads shall be deputed for this purpose. HOD Department of SPM, Govt Medical College will also provide technical support for third-party monitoring.”

“NIC will depute a Technical Team for daily monitoring and analysis, generation of reports etc. NIC shall also provide printed statement of House-to-House survey, already completed, to local teams wherever the micro containment zones are notified. District Statistics and Evaluation Officer in Consultation with Nodal Office, District Control Room, HOD-SPM GMC Srinagar and DDMO shall conduct daily and weekly evaluation of COVID 19 spread, effectiveness of containment measures and advise further steps required.”