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Div Com pitches for effective home isolation, quarantine

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Srinagar: The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today asked all DCs and health officers to gear up for effective home isolation of asymptomatic patients and home quarantine of their contacts.

He made these observations today while chairing a weekly Covid-19 review meeting with all Deputy Commissioners, Health Officers and other concerned.

He said that home isolation protocol shall throw new challenges to the administration and instructed concerned to put in place all the necessary mechanism to ensure effective treatment to the patients to be put in home isolation, an official spokesman said.

He said that Div Com emphasized on proper monitoring of patients to be home isolated, their regular thermal check ups and sensitisation on following the Covid-19 protocol religiously.

He directed concerned to place notices outside the patients home for information, said the spokesman.

DCs were directed to gear up and strengthen the control rooms besides fill gaps of required infrastructure and manpower for smooth and prompt response to the patients.

The Div Com said that Covid awareness kits shall be provided to the Panchayats who shall help in generating Covid protocol awareness among the villagers.

Directions were given on creating separate testing facility for security forces with separate quota to unburden the daily civilian load.

Meanwhile, Div Com instructed concerned to ensure timely report clearance of pending samples at all testing labs.

Hel also passed directions on strengthening contact tracing to ensure timely isolation or quarantine to reduce mortality and asked DCs to raise the number of sample collection and their testing accordingly.

He also took stock of availability of covid  medicines, oxygen cylinders, availability of beds and other related facilities in all districts.

Stressing on coordinated efforts by the concerned, the Div Com called for decongestion of 4 tertiary care hospitals in Srinagar and reverse referral of patients to districts for effective containment of Covid-19 infection.

The district health officers were instructed to check bed availability before patient referral to Srinagar.

Various issues including maintaining of plasma bank , contact details of recovered patients were also discussed in the meeting, said the spokesman.

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