COVID-19: Jammu And Kashmir Hamlet First Village In India To Achieve 100% Vaccination Of Its Adult Population
Srinagar: A remote hamlet in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir has become the first village in India to vaccinate all its adult population against COVID-19, officials said on Tuesday.
The credit goes to the healthcare workers whose strenuous efforts shot Weyan hamlet, with an adult population of 362, to national fame, they said.
“The village is located only 28 kilometres away from Bandipora district headquarters, but a distance of 18 kilometres has to be covered by foot as there is no motorable road,” an official of the health department said.
He said the task of vaccinating all the residents was even more difficult as the village consists of nomadic families who go to higher reaches for grazing their livestock.
“There is no internet access in the village. So it was not possible for the residents to get appointments for vaccination like the way people in urban areas do,” Bashir Ahmed Khan, Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora said while explaining the difficulty faced by the healthcare workers.
The vaccination in the village was covered under ”J&K model’, which is a 10-point strategy to vaccinate entire eligible population at accelerated pace.
Despite initial vaccine hesitancy, Jammu and Kashmir has achieved 70 per cent vaccination in the 45+ age group, almost double the national average, the official said.
Commenting on the achievement, Yatish Yadav, media advisor to Jammu and Kashmir government, said the Union territory was raising the bar in the Covid vaccination drive.
“#JammuAndKashmirMode. And we thought up to now that Everest was the highest and toughest peak of Himalayas. But, some journey brings a new light, a new life. Team J&K raising the bar on vaccination drive,” he tweeted. (PTI)
Passenger Van Falls Into River In Pakistan, 17 Killed
Islamabad, Jun 8: At least 17 people were killed after a passenger van they were travelling in plunged into a river in Pakistan’s mountainous Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
The vehicle was heading from Chilas to Rawalpindi when it fell into the Indus River in the Paniba area of Kohistan district, Dawn new reported.
The van, privately hired by the family for a visit, had 17 people, including the driver.
The accident took place when the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn.
It veered off into the Indus River and got submerged soon after, the police said, adding that 17 people have died in the incident.
Rescue teams were trying to locate the missing passengers but faced hurdles due to the difficult terrain and depth of the river.
The roads linking the northern regions of the country run through some of the most treacherous mountains, causing frequent mishaps.—(PTI)
Army Jawan Found Dead Under Mysterious Conditions In Jammu’s Akhnoor
Jammu, June 08: An army jawan posted in an army camp near the Line of Control in Akhnoor sub-division area of Jammu district was found dead with mysterious bullet injuries on Tuesday.
An official told that the army jawan of Havaldar rank was posted in the army camp at Jogwan in Akhnoor, where he received bullet injury under mysterious conditions.
“The army jawan died following which police have started investigation into the matter,” the official said. kno
Drug Peddler Arrested, 2 Kgs Of Heroin Recovered In Karnah
Kupwara, Jun 8: Jammu and Kashmir Police in Kupwara said to have arrested a drug peddler on whose possession it claimed to have recovered two kilograms of Heroin here in Yariban Hajitra in Taad area of Karnah.
According to police they said during checking, the Naka party intercepted a person in a suspicious condition, following which he was apprehended and on his disclosure identified as Naseer Ahmad Shiekh a resident of Hajitra.
During the personal search two packets of Heroin weighing about two kilograms were recovered from the possession of apprehended person, it said.
Accordingly a legal action has been taken and a case vide FIR Number 61/21 under section 8/21 NDPS Act has been registered in Police Station Karnah against the accused person and investigations into it taken up, it said.
The war against these drug peddlers will continue and those found involved in these acts will be strictly dealt under law, it further said. gns
Seven More Died Due To Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4097
Srinagar, June 8: Jammu and Kashmir reported seven more covid-19 death since last evening, taking the total fatality count to 4097, officials said on Tuesday.
They said a 65-year-old woman from Panzoo Tral died at District Hospital Pulwama, ten days after she was admitted there.
A woman from Brah died a day after she was admitted to GMC Anantnag, the officials said.