SRINAGAR: J&K Government has constituted a Special Task Force (STF) under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to combat dengue and swine flu disease in Kashmir.
Director Health Services Kashmir is the member secretary whereas Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Principal Government Medical College Srinagar, Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir, Commissioner SMC, Mission Director National Health Mission, Chief Engineer PHE Kashmir, HOD Paediatrics Department GMC Srinagar, Director Estates Kashmir, State Epidemiologist & State Malariologist, Joint Director Information, Director Doordarshan Kashmir, Director Radio Kashmir and all Deputy Commissioners are the members of the Special Task Force.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, on Friday convened a meeting to review the preparedness and measures to curb dengue and H1N1 (Swine Flu) influenza in the valley. The meeting took the decision to constitute the task force.
“There is no need to panic and government had already issued health advisory in all leading newspapers. People are advised to follow this advisory in letter & spirit. Health institutions are already prepared to meet any eventuality,” a statement issued by the information department said.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir directed all deputy commissioners to hold meetings in their respective districts to address this problem. He stressed for involving CMOs, District Health Officers and all BMOs to constitute district level teams to provide awareness in all schools, colleges, government offices, especially SMC and district police lines in a phase wise manner. He also sought involvement of teachers and local NGOs for awareness drive to curb Dengue and Swine Flu.
Khan also directed health department to organize talk shows on Doordarshan, Radio, FM channels and local cable channels for awareness.