Don’t brief press on COVID-19: Govt tells hospitals

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SRINAGAR: The government of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday directed all health institutions not to make any press briefing on COVID-19 related testing.

According to an order issued by Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo reads, “It has been observed that all the institutions at their own are giving official statements to the press / electronic media separately regarding the COVID Lab testing conducted in their respective institutions, as a result, there is every likelihood of confusion on the exact number of total lab tests being earned cut in all the labs of the UT.”

“The assignment of press briefing has been given to the Mission Director National Health Mission, J&K, who after compilation of the reports of all labs, briefs the media about the daily activities related to COVID including lab testing,” reads the order.

“It is, therefore, impressed upon on all the Head of the Institutions to ensure that no such press briefing on COVID related activities including lab testing are given and the daily reports are submitted to the National Health Mission for as compilation and preparation of the reports,” the order issued by  Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo reads.

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