Director Health Orders Hiring Of Staff On War Footing

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Srinagar: As Jammu and Kashmir struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus, the health department on Monday directed officials to accelerate recruitment process of staff for Covid management through national health mission (NHM).

Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather Monday held a virtual meeting with all the Chief Medical Officers of Kashmir division and directed them to accelerate recruitment process of staff to be hired for Covid management through NHM, an official spokesperson said. In the meeting, he said, the director ordered the process to be completed on war footing basis.

“The director directed for the implementation of Government order regarding the re engagement of retired staff on a fast-track basis,” the official spokesperson said.

During the meeting, which was attended by the Divisional level Officers physically in the office chamber of DHSK, the director sought a list of Private Nursing hospitals with details of manpower and logistics which can be used for mitigation of Covid 19.

“The final year BSC Nursing students of AMT schools and nursing colleges should also be put on duties,” Rather, as per official spokesperson said.

He further said that the director also directed for pooling of staff posted at Primary Health Centres and Sub District Hospitals.

“The director asked for enhancement of oxygen supported bed capacity, setting up of Triage in both Covid and non-Covid hospitals,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that the director also asked for status of daily Covid admissions/ referrals in the Hospital and supply position of drugs, oxygen, equipments, linen bedding etc.

“He directed hospitals to enhance the surveillance mechanism of Covid patients who are in home isolation and they should be followed regularly until they recover,” he said, adding “The director also reviewed the functioning of call centers set up at divisional and district level for the management of calls from patients for effective management of Covid.

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