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Div Com directs for optimal use of resources in order to flatten Covid curve

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Asks CMOs to monitor referral cases to tertiary care hospitals

Srinagar: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today chaired a weekly covid containment review meeting of Kashmir division through virtual mode to assess the progress made to mitigate the impact of third wave.

During the meeting, Div Com stressed on surveillance and monitoring of home isolated patients and emphasized on regular communication with them and distribution of covid care kits to them, an official spokesman said, adding, there is complacency in people regarding wearing of masks and stressed upon continuation of enforcement of SOPs.

He also directed enhancement of testing capacity of existing labs besides activation of Panchayat Covid Care Centers and deployment of staff, ASHAs, Anganwardi Workers, Lambardars, Chowkidars for the management of those centers, said the spokesman.

He also directed for established of neonatal child care facilities to treat the newly born babies in case they contract covid infection.

Div Com also directed for creation of second line of additional human resources in order to tackle the current wave if existing supporting staff of hospitals gets infected by the Covid virus, the spokesman said.

He said, Pole directed for building stock pile of covid care kits for further distribution if the rate of positive cases increases during the current wave.

He also stressed on CMOs of the division to ensure that only critical patients should be referred to tertiary health care hospitals after proper assessment done at district/sub district hospitals.

During the meeting, Pole also emphasized on the utilization of existing available resources which can help to flatten the curve at this juncture.

Earlier, Dr Rouf of Divisional Covid Control Room Kashmir,  gave a detailed presentation on the evolving  epidemiological scenario in the valley and weekly data about vaccination, booster doses, positive rate, recovery rate, availability of oxygen and comparative performance of districts was also shared, the spokesman said.

The meeting was attended by Director SKIMS, all DCs along with CMOs, Principal GMC, CEO J&K ERA; MD, National Health Mission; Principals of SKIMS Bemina, GMC Srknagar, Anantnag, Baramulla; Director Health Services Kashmir; GM J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Kashmir; Incharge Divisional Covid Control Room Kashmir; Epidemiologist, DCCRK; MS SKIMS, SMHS, JVC, Bone & Joint Hospital, Kashmir Nursing Home, JLNM; Assistant Director, Immunization and Family Welfare Kashmir and other officers.

Earlier, the Divisional Commissioner directed all the CMOs of the division to monitor referral cases to tertiary care hospitals themselves and not to refer cases which can be managed at primary and secondary level hospitals within the district.

He passed on these directions while chairing a meeting to take review of the situation arising of 3rd wave of Covid-19 Pandemic in the division.

The meeting was attended by Epidemiologist Kashmir Dr. Talat Jabeen, Public Health Specialist and other senior Officers of DCCRK, an official spokesman said.

The spokesman said that the Div Com reviewed the progress achieved in controlling the 3rd wave of the Covid-19. He stressed upon the importance of home isolation management at primary level care as the wave predominantly looks like omicron led and is mild in severity so far which is depicted from the data.

The Div Com directed all the CMOs of the division to monitor referral cases to tertiary care hospitals themselves and not to refer cases to tertiary care hospitals which can be managed at primary and secondary level hospitals within the district, said the spokesman, adding, he also directed all the Medical Superintendents/ Nodal Officers of Covid designated hospitals to take daily meetings on the management of Covid patients along with their team of experts.

It was brought to the notice of Div Com by the officers of DCCRK that healthcare workers working in the tertiary care hospitals are turning Covid positive off and on, for which Div. Com. passed directions to the officers for making accommodations of these warriors within the city, said the spokesman.

The Div Com took serious note of Micro containment Zones and directed all CMOs to follow proper protocol in case identification, contact tracing, testing, isolation, treatment and follow up of these areas.

He also directed all the district administrations to report fines that have been imposed by the concerned agencies in a time bound manner.

It was also stressed upon by the Div Com to make hassle free distribution of COVID Management kits for home isolation patients at their doorstep, said the spokesman.

The spokesman further said that the Div Com also directed deputing Lab. Technician assistants of microbiology department from different colleges of Kashmir division for further strengthening Lab. Services at tertiary care hospitals.

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