Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Thursday that test, track, treat and transformation of health infrastructure was the key to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The LG made these remarks while taking stock of prevailing on-ground coronavirus situation and containment efforts in the three districts of Rajouri, Poonch and Reasi, an official spokesperson said. The LG, he said, sought a detailed status of Covid Containment efforts, vaccination, testing, distribution of Covid kits, establishment of Panchayat Covid Care centres, IEC activities, necessary life-saving equipment like availability of oxygen supported beds, ventilators, oxygen capacity & supply etc.
“Test, track, treat and transformation of health infrastructure are the four keys to fight COVID pandemic. We need to put in our best efforts to contain the spread of Corona virus,” Sinha said, as per the official spokesperson.
The LG, he said, emphasized on the availability of requisite medicare facilities for the border dwellers and directed the concerned DCs, CMOs, Police Administration to put dedicated efforts to strengthen health centres in the border areas.
During his visits to GMC Rajouri and District Hospital Reasi, Sinha took a round of various sections of the Hospitals, wherein he interacted with doctors, paramedical staff and enquired about the healthcare facilities and infrastructure available there, the official spokesperson said, adding that the LG appreciated the frontline health workers for dedicatedly serving the people during Covid pandemic.
“I appreciate doctors, nurses for their tireless efforts. People will always remember how our healthcare workers made them feel in the crisis & how they worked selflessly to save lives,” the LG said, as per the official spokesperson
“Doctors’ and Paramedical staff’s undaunted spirit to go beyond the call of duty is changing lives, setting an example for humanity and creating a stronger society,” he added.
According to the official spokesperson the LG called for strengthening human resources of the hospitals and Covid Care Centres and also asked the officials to prepare for future challenges. He further called for augmenting healthcare infrastructure at grassroots level.
“The most important gift that doctors and paramedical staff can offer to the people is their presence and attention in the COVID wards of hospitals and Primary Health Centres in rural areas,” the official spokesperson quoted Sinha as saying.
He said that the LG also passed various directions to the concerned officers for effectively tackling the spread of Covid pandemic. He directed for micro containment zones in the towns to isolate pockets with high positivity rate.
“While taking the district-wise status of availability of medical oxygen, the Lt Governor was informed that new oxygen generation plants would become operational soon, thus augmenting the oxygen availability in the districts, adding 4250 LPM Oxygen capacity at Poonch; 3250 LPM at Rajouri and 1000 LPM in Reasi,” he said.
“Regarding the demand and supply of oxygen to patients in GMC Rajouri, it was informed that 1000 LPM PSA Oxygen Generation Plant (OGP) is functioning efficiently. One 1000 LPM capacity is also sanctioned, besides three 750 LPM plants would be made functional in the coming days,” he added.
The official spokesperson further said that Poonch DC and SP who were present in the meeting at Rajouri, briefed the LG about Covid situation and work going on to set up Panchayat Covid Care Centres.
“It was informed that the civil works for three Oxygen Plants of 750 LPM capacity have been completed, and one more 1000 LPM Oxygen Generation Plant at DH Poonch stands sanctioned. Further, Oxygen Plans of 200 LPM, 300 LPM and 500 LPM shall be installed at Mandi in the coming time,” he said.
He further said that in Reasi, one 1000 LPM capacity Oxygen Generation Plant is functioning at DH Reasi, whereas another of the same capacity is sanctioned for CHC Katra.
“The Lt Governor directed the Hospital Administration and DC Rajouri to increase the bed capacity of newly created 9 bedded ICU facility to 25 bedded capacity, besides early completion of the installation of 750 LPM Oxygen Generation Plants by deploying multiple teams working in three shifts,” the official spokesperson said.
During his visits, the Lt Governor was accompanied by BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Mukesh Singh, ADGP, Jammu; Ms. Sheetal Nanda, Secretary to the Government, Social Welfare Department; Dr. Raghav Langer, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; Dr. Renu Sharma Director Health Services Jammu, and other senior officers.
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