Aggressive Sampling Picking Up: Health Dept

Srinagar: The health department said on Tuesday that an aggressive sampling process has been launched in all the districts across Kashmir division and the department was aiming to take 800 samples per day.

“The process will provide a big relief to the COVID-19 patients and we will also be able to provide rapid response in their treatment,” Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Samir Mattoo said today.

He said that the sample collection across the province has risen significantly in the last five days as the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir has trained 157 Lab technicians from the Valley.

“It has enormously decreased the burden of shifting of suspects to CD hospital and SKIMS for testing,” he said, adding “Special Collection booths have been set up for the safety of healthcare workers wherein trained technicians with proper protection suits scientifically take the samples, preserve them and send them in COVID-19 designated ambulances for testing.”

The Directorate of Health Services also trained different technicians for donning and doffing who are working in all districts headquarters.

Dr Mattoo has directed all Chief Medical Officers to increase the sampling process which he said can go to 600-800 per day as the Directorate has adequate stock of VTM and other logistics.

“We want to test more people in order to identify the COVID positive patients and isolate them at the earliest,” he added.

It may be recalled here that 10 hospitals have been designated as COVID only facilities by DHSK. These exclude facilities created for hospital quarantine.

“Bed capacity is being increased to 1000 beds for level-I Isolation,” he said. “We are receiving more ventilators which will augment our present medical infrastructure,” he said.

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