Collective Action Must To Combat Corona: LG

Says Govt Building Resilient Health Infrastructure To Combat Ongoing Crisis, Future Emergencies

Srinagar: Calling for a collaborative action to effectively combat coronavirus pandemic, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Thursday that his government continues to make a sustainable investment in healthcare and clinical workforce to build a resilient health infrastructure to combat the ongoing crisis and future health emergencies

Sinha made these remarks during his visit to the twin districts of Ganderbal and Budgam to review the Covid situation and to assess the containment efforts being undertaken by the district administrations and health department to effectively tackle the pandemic.

“We can protect and strengthen J&K by collaborative action against Covid-19 pandemic. My sincere thanks and gratitude to all those abiding by Covid protocol. I urge everyone not to be careless, and maintain the discipline to effectively combat the deadly virus,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

During his visits, the LG, he said, took first-hand appraisal of the healthcare facilities for patients at District Hospital Ganderbal; DCHC Chanapora and Covid Care Facility Nagam, Budgam.

The official spokesperson said that the LG took a detailed assessment of the availability of the medicare equipments in the hospitals across the districts and directed the health department to ensure functioning of ventilators and other life-saving equipments, besides compulsory training of human resources for operationalization of these equipments.

“Each hospital in the UT would submit a comprehensive report on Healthcare Assets utilization on a weekly basis,” Sinha said, adding “Doctors, nurses, and frontline warriors like Babli Rani, Dr. Tazyeen Younis, and Additional SP Feroz Yehya are the backbone of our health system. They have served the people with utmost dedication to save lives,”

Emphasizing on aggressive vaccination and testing to break the chain of transmission, the LG, as per the official spokesperson underlined the need to act more holistically and protect those who are most vulnerable.

“While we have reformed our health system and decentralized community healthcare, we must accelerate vaccination & testing for vulnerable groups and mobilize all necessary resources for continuous assistance,” the LG said.

“Making optimum utilization of Covid Care Centres in Panchayats with community contribution, especially in areas where home isolation is not feasible, needs to be done. Besides, areas with high positivity rate need to be identified and declared as micro containment zones so that preventive measures can be taken to break the spread of the virus,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, directions were also passed to the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and DC Budgam for speeding up the development works, setting of a new District Hospital, Urdu University, besides expansion and up-gradation of rural roads in the district.

He said that the Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, while giving the overview of the Covid containment measures being taken in the district, apprised the LG that 80% of HCWs, 73% FLWs, and 77% above 45 years age-group have been covered with first dose of vaccine.

“500 LPM oxygen capacity at DCHC Chanapora is meeting the requirements of the patients. 08 Isolation facilities (Level-II Hospital) having a bed capacity of 437 with 299 beds with oxygen facilities, while 08 COVID-19 Care Centres with bed capacity of 965. 10587 patients recovered so far, besides 2699 Covid kits have been distributed in the District,” Mirza said, as per official spokesperson.

DC Budgam, he said, further informed that Covid Care Centres in all 296 Panchayats of the district are established and a total of 12 Covid Control Rooms (24×7) are functional and around 25820 calls have made to patients in Home Isolation.

“Also, 24 Senior Doctors/Consultants are available for Tele-Medicine services across the District and 3725 people have been served with telemedicine services,” Mirza said, as per official spokesperson, adding “Door to Door surveillance by Medical Teams being done and PRIs, NGOs, and religious leaders have been roped in for IEC activities. NGO Mother Foundation Association was also roped in to provide specialized Tele-Consultation services to general populace, Mirza said.

While appreciating the efforts of the District Administration, Ganderbal for achieving the milestone of 100 % coverage of first dose of vaccine among above 45 years age group, the LG, as per the official spokesperson asked the DC Ganderbal Krittika Jyotsna to share the good practices with other District Administrations as well.

He said that the DC Ganderbal gave an overview of the Covid containment measures being taken by the Administration and informed that the Nodal officers have been appointed for monitoring of vaccination centres and micro-containment zones.

“This innovative method of real-time monitoring has made a huge difference to accelerate the vaccination process in the district. Besides, 1200 people are under home isolation in Ganderbal and 24×7 Control rooms are operational to facilitate the patients. 1358 Covid kits have been distributed under Covid management efforts,” the official spokesperson quoted Jyotsna as saying.

DC Ganderbal, he said, also informed that Covid Care Centres (CCC) have been established in all the Panchayats of the district with RAT testing facility at every CCC.

“Regarding oxygen supply, it was informed that a 1000 LPM capacity oxygen generation plant is fully functional at DH Ganderbal,” he added.

Principal Secretary Nitishwar Kumar, Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole, , IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Mohammad Aijaz, Director Health Services, Kashmir Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather and other senior officers accompanied the LG.

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