Govt Directs Private Health Institutions To Resume Functioning

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday asked all the private hospitals and diagnostic centers to resume normal functioning within a week failing which strict action will be taken against them.

The directions in this regard were passed by the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole during a meeting held here today. Director Health Services Dr Sameer Matto, senior officials and owners of private health institutions also participated in the meet.

Directing the owners of the private health institutes to resume normal functions with 50% staff on weekly roaster, the Divisional Commissioner said that to restrict the movement and ensure health safety, staff should be stationed round the clock at health premises.

“After completion of one week, remaining 50% staff can join duty, as per the same guidelines. Any institution found violating the directions regarding the essential services rules, will be strictly dealt with under relevant laws,” he said.

He said all the doctors, paramedics and other staff should wear mask, hand gloves and eye protection and maintain social distancing norms besides follow health advisories of COVID-19. He said before arriving at the private health institutions, patients should first book appointment on phone so that to minimize the chances of over-crowding.

“Earmark reception room at main gate where Doctors will screen all patients regarding Corona-virus symptoms properly and if any person is found having COVID-19 symptoms, he/she should be immediately referred to COVID-19 hospital. Besides, masks must be distributed to all non-Covid patients before entering the institution”, Div Com said.

He said all the owners of private health institutions shall apply for movement passes for their staff to concerned Deputy Commissioners.

“Concerned CMOs will closely monitor functioning of private health institutions personally and submit report to the Directorate of Health services, in this regard on regular basis,” he added.

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