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  • Without JMC head cleanliness drives getting hampered:  

JAMMU: Although different civic bodies and health institutions have geared themselves up to fight dengue - a debilitating virus disease that has created panic in Jammu, there's more than this required to be done to control deadly virus. The incident of drastic difference in blood platelet counts of a patient admitted in GMC done in two different laboratories speak of seriousness of the matter that needs to be dealt with'. 

This was stated by PDP Zone President Jammu West, Puneet Singh Jamwal who said that the post of Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) must be filled in without any further delay so that entire cleanliness drive and other civic works are monitored property and on routine basis especially when festival season is going on. In absence of head of the civic body, several works, he added have come to a grinding halt. 

Expressing his concern over rising number of dengue patients, Puneet Singh Jamwal said blood platelet counts of a patient that were found 2.1 lakh in GMC lab came out to be just 18,000 in a private lab in Jammu city. This is a serious matter and needs thought investigation as it was only last year that son of a MLC had become victim of same disease. He appreciated timely action of government agencies in meeting this challenge but favored more action to save precious lives. 

Puneet Singh Jamwal said that it was after much hue and cry that JMC, health and other institutions arose to the situation but now that it is known that dengue is spreading, massive awareness and cleanness drives must be launched. Meantime, the PDP leader organize a meeting  in Jammu West and asked them to make people aware of the disease and its preventive measures by visiting door to door in maximum areas. 

He also urged JMC officials including mechanical division and health division to continue their fogging drive in leftover localities and also start anti-mosquito spray in streets where fogging machines can't reach. Special drive to check eatables must also be launched to save people from consuming stale food or sweets. Puneet Singh Jamwal said JMC must fan its staff into different streets for anti-mosquito spray so that small lanes and drains are also disinfected. 

Maintaining cleanliness in City, he added is a cumbersome yet continuous process which must not stop. The government, he said is committed to give people a clean and healthy city for the simple reason that we have to prepare ourselves for turning our Capital cities into Smart Cities. He also appreciated Chief Minister for reviewing traffic scenario in J&K State and hoped that in days to come Jammu will not witness mess on roads. 

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SRINAGAR: Swine flu has raised its head in Kashmir with a woman tested positive at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), said Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday urging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. President DAK and flu expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communiqué said people should get vaccinated now before flu starts spreading widely. “Vaccination is the single best defense against swine flu, he said adding it protects you and people around you from getting flu.”

Dr Hassan said flu is unpredictable. We can’t know what will happen in coming days, but there is a chance we could have a bad season.Vaccine is the only tool we have right now to prevent flu. “Getting a flu shot early reduces illnesses, doctors’ visits, hospitalization and death,” he said. “This years flu vaccine has been updated to protect against the mutated swine flu strain,” he added. 

He said everyone six months and older should get a flu shot by the end of this month.  While the vaccine is recommended for all, Dr Hassan said it is especially needed in too young, old, pregnant women and people with medical conditions. He said vaccination to expectant mothers is critically important to protect them, their unborn babies and their new born babies upto six months who are too young to receive the vaccine. 

“It is essential for healthcare workers to get vaccinated to prevent spread of flu to patients who are vulnerable to flu-related complications and death,” he added. “The symptoms of flu include high fever, sorethroat, cough, runny nose and bodyache.” “Flu is spread by coughing and sneezing so people should cover their cough or sneeze and wash their hands regularly to prevent the spread of flu.If you develop flu stay away from work or school for as long as you have symptoms,” said Dr Hassan.

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SRINAGAR: Deepawali or Diwali, is a festival of joy and happiness. People light candles and sometimes burst crackers on the occasion. Therefore, it is necessary to keep fire safety in mind.


Do’s: - 

·                If fire-crackers are purchased it should be done only from a licensed shop.

·             Fire crackers should always be kept in a closed box, away from sources of fire or ignition; and out of reach of toddlers.

·                All safety precautions should be followed while using fireworks.

·                Crackers should only be used in open spaces like playgrounds and fields.

·                Buckets of water and blankets should be kept available, in case a fire breaks out.

·                Thick cotton clothes should be used while bursting crackers.

·                Practice STOP, DROP and ROLL method, to douse the fire, if caught on clothes.

·                Use fire extinguishers in case of a fire accident or call 101.

 Don’ts: -

·                Don't burn crackers in a crowded, congested place, narrow lanes, near sources of fire or inside the house.

·                Don't let children burst crackers unaccompanied by an adult. Keep an eye on them constantly.

·                Avoid long loose clothes, as they are fast in catching fire.

·                Never ignite aerial fireworks if there is any overhead obstruction present like trees and wires.

·                Never leave a lit match, candle or agarbatti near unused crackers.

·                Avoid bursting crackers on the roads, as it can cause accidents.

·                Never light a cracker while holding it in your hand.

·                Don't keep your face close to the cracker while trying to light it.

·                Avoid crackers, to celebrate safe and happy Deepawali.


Issued in public interest by:

 J&K State Disaster Management Authority, 

Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, 


Civil Secretariat, Srinagar