Div Com Raps Health Dept Over Non-Use Of Ventilators

Srinagar- Taking a strong note of non utilisation of ventilators in districts since last month, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on Tuesday warned district health authorities of stern action if the officers are found under utilising life saving ventilators for daily use for patients.

Pole passed these instructions to the health department officials while chairing a meeting regarding status and functioning of ICUs and referral of sick patients in all health institutions of Kashmir Division, an official spokesperson said Tuesday.

Among others, the meeting was attended by Principal GMC Srinagar Prof. Samiya Rashid, Director Health Services Kashmir Dr. Mustaq Ahmad Rather, head of the departments (HoDs) and Medical Superintendents of all district hospitals and Public Health Experts of DCCR Kashmir.

During the meeting, the official spokesperson said, the Div Com reviewed the status of invasive and non-invasive ventilators in every district besides allocation of ventilators for Covid and non Covid patients.

Pole, he said, directed all officers present to put all the ventilators in use and stop undue referral to tertiary hospitals which will ease not only the load on these hospitals but simultaneously will not let the patients become more critical during golden hours in transit.

“He directed them that referral should be last option and patients should be referred only when it is beyond the capacity of available resources,” he said.

The official spokesperson further said that the Div Com took serious note of non utilization of ventilators in districts since 1st November 2021 and warned district health authorities of stern administrative action against those officers who shall be found under utilizing these life saving ventilators for daily use for patients.

“Besides, he cautioned them that new Covid variant will not give time for preparation, so all the district hospitals, Covid dedicated hospitals and tertiary hospitals need to be ready for any eventuality that can take place if we will not keep our last resort functional viz Ventilators in these testing times of pandemic,” he said.

The Div Com, he said, also directed the preparation of proposal with the help of technical expert for physical and financial modalities for installation of central heating system in Covid wards and hospitals.

“At the same time he directed DHSK and Principals of GMCs to install split ACs in these hospitals where they may have to install Invasive/ Non invasive Ventilators,” he added.

Pole, as per the official spokesperson directed concerned officers to provide status of PM CARE supplied ventilators which needs technical repairs

“He also directed deployment of staff by the district hospitals for training at GMC, Srinagar and JLNM Hospital Sgr for capacity building trainings in ICUs and Critical Care for Doctors and Paramedics of Kashmir division so that their services are better utilised in this ongoing pandemic,” he added.



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