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Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam hospitals to soon have high-capacity oxygen generation plants: DHSK

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Srinagar: Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK), Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Wednesday took stock of the oxygen generation plant at District Hospital Pulwama.

On the occasion, the DHSK was informed that the plant which is currently supplying 300 LPM shall be generating 1300 LPM shortly. 

Dr Rather visited the construction site of the oxygen generation plant & directed the executing agency to expedite the work on a war footing basis so that the plant is functional in stipulated time. The Director inaugurated the high-end biomedical equipment recently supplied by JKMSCL to DH Pulwama. The director also took stock of the high-end medical equipment supplied by the World Bank to the hospital. 

The DHSK visited DH Shopian wherein he took stock of 1000 LPM oxygen generation plant site and laid stress on the executing agency to finish the task soon. He also inaugurated 8 bedded dialysis center at DH Shopian. The human resource designated for the dialysis center are currently undergoing training in SMHS and shall be joining back soon to make the center functional.  

Later, he visited PHC Turku vaccination center wherein he interacted with the health care workers and laid stress on the staff to enhance awareness activities & the vaccination target. 

After completing Shopian visit, DHSK inspected DH Kulgam and took stock of covid preparedness there. The district health administration apprised the DHSK about the status of arrangements and plans devised to tackle covid resurgence. The oxygen generation capacity of DH Kulgam shall be increased from 300 LPM to 2000 LPM soon. 

The DHSK also inspected the Trauma Hospital Bijbehara (designated as dedicated covid hospital), SDH BijbeharaAnantnag & SDH Pampore. He took stock of covid and non-covid preparedness and directed the administration to ensure smooth functioning of the health care services. 

Pertinently in order to manage effectively covid resurgence crisis, DHSK had earlier constituted a task force with a mandate to ensure that oxygen plants across all major peripheral hospitals of the Kashmir Division are installed in the set time frame. In that context work pertained to JLNM Hospital Srinagar, SDH Sopore & DH Pulwama have completed and are functional or in the process of getting functional by the end of this month. The executing agencies have assured DHSK that the remaining plants shall be made functional in the shortest possible time. This shall play a vital role in treating covid high-risk patients and lessening of the burden on the tertiary care covid hospitals. 

In order to expedite the smooth functioning of Covid and Non-Covid health care services, the director interacted with administrators and the public of all four districtsHe gave detailed directions to all district administrations regarding well-devised segregation of covid and non-covid health care services. He gave on spot directions to earmark the facilities and submit the action plan to the directorate for any assistance. The Director also gave instructions to the district health administrations to put in place the mechanism of effective management of emergency and elective non-covid patients. The Director appreciated the facilities, logistics in place for the management and mitigation of the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the districts he visited today. 

While applauding the administrators and health care workers DHSK laid focus on the need of continuing the enormous efforts put by staff in tackling covid crisis. He laid stress on to work with the same zeal keeping the covid resurgence into consideration 

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