SMHS, Allied Hospitals Stop OPD, Surgeries

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Srinagar: Amid spurt in covid-19 cases, the Principal Government Medical College Srinagar on Saturday ordered that all routine OPDs/ elective surgeries shall be stopped till further orders in all its associated hospitals.

The Principal has also designated Drug de-Addition Centre and various rooms for management of the virus patients with immediate effect.

“In view of upsurge in the COVID-19 cases and in order to cater to rush of COVID-19 patients/ suspects, it is hereby ordered with immediate effect till further orders that Ward No. 02, 03, 04,18, 19, 20, Isolation/ Drug De-Addiction Centre, Paid Rooms, MICU, SICU, W-17 and Disaster Management ward shall be designated as COVID19 wards,” reads the order.

“Ward No. 01 shall function exclusively for ENT department, besides, ENT department shall carry out surgeries in their designated OT.”

Ward No. 08 comprising 36 beds shall be operated by Medicine (30 beds) as Non-Covidl9 ward and Dermatology (06 beds) jointly as rush increases, the order said.

“All routine OPDs/ elective surgeries shall be stopped till further orders and only surgeries of emergency nature/ malignancies/thesis related cases and other referral cases shall be entertained,” the order reads, adding, “Emergency eye cases will be entertained in H-Block Eye OPD.”

The patient load viz-a-viz duty roster of doctors and paramedical staff should be regulated and rationalized, the order reads,

“Medical Superintendent, SMHS Hospital shall take all measures to avoid intermingling of COVID and Non-Covid patients/ attendants apart from taking measures to safeguard resources/ manpower,” it said, adding, “guidelines/ SOPs as laid down by the Govt, in this regard from time to time should be strictly adhered to.”

1,145 New Corona Cases, 3 More Deaths

Jammu and Kashmir meanwhile on Saturday recorded 1,145 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 195 travellers, bringing the infection count to 1,45,166, while three more people succumbed to the virus, raising the toll to 2,051, officials said.

Of the fresh cases, 503 were from the Jammu division and 642 from the Kashmir division, they said.

The officials said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 319 new COVID-19 cases, including 47 travellers, followed by 264 in Jammu district and 112 in Baramulla district.

The number of active cases has now reached 10,910 in the Union Territory, while 1,32,205 patients have recovered so far from the infection, they said.

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