Jammu and Kashmir: Hotspot in first wave, Kashmir’s lone village in Shopian turns up with zero Covid cases in second wave

Aasif Suhaf, Srinagar: The Hirpora village in South Kashmir was COVID hotspot in the first wave last year, has managed to remain untouched by this deadly virus this year.

This village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian has been successful in maintaining the tag of COVID-free during the second wave of coronavirus in the country.

A village which is located 62 km away from Srinagar, has remained free of COVID in the second wave. The reason for this is that the people of this village did not leave everything to the government and fought this battle themselves and secondly, village was first in district to get fully vaccinated. 

People living there is feeling tremendous proud as There is no one infected in that village, where as the whole country has been facing this epidemic.

There are two major reasons for this change. One is that the people did not leave everything to the government and learned  from the first wave. The people followed the SOP’s issued by government.

The use of masks, sanitising and social distancing has become the practice of this village. The village mosque committee and the elders have played an important role in this. 

In the Shopian district, people above the age of 45 years are all vaccinated for first dose, while the second dose is taken almost by 80 percent people. 

Locas of the area says that in the year 2019-2020, the first covid case in Kashmir was from Hirpora village, but inhabitants learned that this time they have to kept a vigil, They practiced social distancing , used sanitisers, used masks, took safeguarded for their lives and result is that, village recovered.  

People fought this battle in this village himself, but the administration also was geared up.

Apart from Shopian determined to perform their duty, different teams of healthcare workers are reaching people in farming fields and even crossing the rivers on foot to carry out a COVID vaccination drive at a remote areas of Pulwama in neighbouring district of Shopian.

One of the health care worker Tabasum whom News24 team found giving vaccine jabs to the people in paddy fields and apple orchards, said that she has given around 7000 jabs to the people of Pulwama since vaccination has started.

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