Need to impose complete lockdown: Surinder Mahajan

JAMMU: Amid surge in Covid-19 positive cases and deaths due to the pandemic; Raghunath Bazar Association President, Surinder Mahajan said that a complete lockdown should be imposed in Jammu division to contain the further spread of virus.
Mahajan said people have followed the lockdown guidelines since from the beginning whether it was 70 days of lockdown, step wise unlock and weekly lockdown in Jammu division to control the spread of Covis-19 even when the number of cases was limited.
With the inadequate healthcare facilities in all the hospitals of Jammu division, Mahajan said that the people of Jammu are concerned over ‘hospitals running out of space’ in accommodating the Covid-19 patients amid rise in number.
“Lack of doctors and healthcare workers is another serious problem in Jammu health department,” he said and appealed to the LG, Manoj Sinha to intervene into the serious matter and take required measures to take the rising situation in Jammu division. “LG is requested to formulate a strategy to contain the Coronavirus in Jammu,” Mahajan said.
Weekly lockdown should be imposed to control Covi-19 spread; he said and appealed to the people to follow all the requisite SOPs and guidelines issued by the Govt. from time to tome especially maintaining social distancing and using face masks so that risk of infection is mitigated.
Meanwhile several trade bodies including pharmaceuticals, warehouse traders and ready-made garment traders in Jammu have called for an “self-imposed” weekend shutdown in an attempt to help “break the chain” of spiraling COVID-19 cases.
The call for shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays comes at a time when a huge surge COVID-19 cases and deaths due to the virus have been recorded in Jammu. Meanwhile, cases of mismanagement at government hospitals have also come to the fore.
Rakesh Gupta, President of Jammu Pharmaceuticals Distribution Association, told NewsClick, “Jammu is in a huge mess due to increasing COVID cases and the health infrastructure has proved to be a failure. Amid this, we feel that the call for shutdown is need of the hour.”
Lamenting over the role of the Union Territory administration, traders told greater Jammu that the administration’s apathetic attitude towards the increase in number of cases has pushed them to impose a lockdown on their own market.
“It is the duty of the administration to announce at least 20 days lockdown to break the chain of the virus but unfortunately, even after several pleas, the administration has turned a deaf ear. So, we have taken the matter in our own hands and this shutdown is an attempt in that way,” said Ravi, President of Readymade wholesale association, Kanak Mandi, Jammu.