10 additional oxygen generation plants to come up in J&K
76,04,448 COVID Tests performed in the UT with 3000 Tests per million population per day on an average
LG chairs Covid Task Force meeting, calls for strict enforcement of restrictions in high active case load areas
Jammu, May 09: Ten additional oxygen generation plants will soon come up in Jammu and Kashmir with the intervention of the central government, an official spokesperson said on Sunday.
The information was given at a meeting of the COVID Task Force chaired by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha here, the spokesperson said, adding the meeting had a detailed assessment of the district-wise coronavirus scenario and containment measures required to control its spread.
The Lt Governor asked the functionaries concerned to prioritize the completion of all civil and other auxiliary works so that early functioning of these 10 oxygen plants can be ensured.
“Most of the big COVID care government hospitals in J&K now have their own oxygen generation plants. The upcoming oxygen plants will add to the capacity of oxygen availability in the UT,” he said.
In order to break the transmission chain of the virus, it was decided that 50 percent of staff in government departments would attend offices as per duty rosters and their movement would be strictly through passes during the corona curfew.
The decision was also taken to establish two more Triage centres, one each in both the divisions to facilitate Covid patients.
While noting that early diagnosis of the infection has a better survival rate, the LG asked the Health department to intensify the testing so that affected patients can be identified and treated accordingly. He called for communication with the public for cooperation and further directed for focusing on vulnerable groups for testing and vaccination.
The LG asked the Divisional Commissioners to conduct the extensive exercise of house-to-house screening and Covid-19 status verification for identifying the vulnerable population through dedicated teams at the local level.
Emphasizing on optimum utilization of technological interventions and reaching out to the people with medical facilities through tele-medicine, the LG directed the concerned officers to ensure that tele-medicine facility is available for public in medical colleges and other tertiary-care hospitals and asked them to spread awareness regarding the availability of doctors for telemedicine facility along with their contact numbers.
A comparative analysis was also done during the meeting to get a clear picture of the district-wise level of transmission rate registered during pre-corona curfew and corona curfew days. It was noted that the restrictions have yielded some favourable results in containing the spread of coronavirus, especially at the community level, the press release said.
It said the police department was directed to ensure strict enforcement of restrictions in areas with a high number of positive cases.
The LG also took an overview of the progress being made for establishing the 500-bedded Covid facility, one each in Srinagar and Jammu by DRDO team, besides enhancing the capacity of Covid care facilities by the Army.
Following the directions passed by the LG in previous meetings on enhancing the bed capacity in J&K, Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education informed that oxygen support beds are being increased in the Hospitals across the UT, in a phased manner by prioritizing the high patient load hospitals.
He also gave a detailed overview of the Covid situation in J&K including Trends of daily cases, testing & positivity percentage; Covid testing capacities; case fatality rate; recovery rate; weekly cases per million population; District wise level of transmission; Tests done in last 7 days; Age-wise Deaths Audit; Contact tracing etc.
It was informed that a total of 76,04,448 COVID tests have been performed in the UT with 3000 tests per million population per day on an average.
During the meeting, participants also gave their valuable suggestions for effective Covid management in the UT.