Jammu, Apr 30: Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday urged the people not to panic, saying the administration was fully equipped to deal with the emerging situation.
Chairing a meeting with the office-bearers and volunteers of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) virtually, he acknowledged the role played by IRCS and lauded the volunteers for their selflessness and dedicated service towards the public.
He called upon them to renew their commitment and determination in complementing the administration's efforts to speed up the vaccination drive and tackle the challenges of the pandemic.
"With collaborative efforts, we can contribute and play our part in helping those affected," Sinha said.
He asked the IRCS to carry on with their humanitarian activities and reach out to people, especially those living in remote and far-flung areas, and help the administration in providing food, medical assistance and other essential items to the needy.
Having a strong team of volunteers in all 20 districts of the Union Territory, IRCS volunteers delivered food, medicines and clothes to at least 30,000 families across the union territory during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the Lt Governor said.
Sinha assured all possible support to the IRCS in their cause.
About the preparedness of the administration in handling the pandemic, he observed that the people of Jammu and Kashmir need not panic.
"We are equipped to deal with the emerging situation. Around 1.2 crore vaccine doses have been ordered for vaccination of the 18 to 45 age group. Many oxygen-generation plants have become operational," he said.
"The availability of oxygen is more than double the requirement. We have 54,500 cubic metres of oxygen against the present consumption of 25,000 cubic metres. Besides, 15,000 cubic metres more will be added in the coming days," the Lt Governor maintained.
Emphasizing on the dissemination of information about the pandemic, Sinha asked the IRCS to make people aware of all the do's and Don'ts.
There are many out there who are propagating misinformation among the people, which needs to be countered with facts, he added.
"Use various modes of communication and rope in religious leaders, health workers to spread awareness among people in their local languages," the Lt Governor urged the volunteers.