Rana concerned over recent surge in Coronavirus cases in AJK


MUZAFFARABAD:   (Parliament Times)     A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana on Friday reviewed the latest situation of coronavirus as well as the implementation status on the SOPs in the region.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana expressed grave concern over the increasing number of Covid-19 patients in the state and said that situation has become alarming.

He said the space allocated for the COVID-19 positive cases in the hospitals is rapidly decreasing due to the increasing number of the coronavirus positive cases on a daily basis.

The Chief Secretary directed the administration to ensure strict implementation on the approved SOPs. “Those violating these SOPs must be charged under law” the CS added.

He further directed the concerned authorities to seal the shops of those traders who are involved in violation of agreed SOPs and also confiscate the vehicles of the public transporters for any violation in this regard.

Mathar Niaz Rana also directed a ten days vigorous awareness campaign to help the public aware about the deadly virus and safety measures. “Wearing mask must be ensured through immediate penalties. Administration must ensure the presence of a Magistrate in the field to properly monitor the implementation on the SOPs”, Rana added.

The Chief Secretary appealed to the masses to take all recommended precautionary measures including wearing a mask, avoiding unnecessary outdoor activities and maintaining social distancing.

Inspector General Police Salah ud Din, Secretary Information and Tourism Mrs. Midhat Shahzad, Secretary LGRD Ejaz Ahmed Khan, Director General Information and Public Relation Raja Azhar Iqbal, DG Information Technology Board Dr. Khalid Raffique, Commissioners of all three divisions, DIGs and other concerned officials attended the meeting.-