Preparedness of health department to Covid reviewed at Ganderbal

By Ehsaan Yousf

GANDERBAL, DECEMBER 26: In view of rising Covid-19 cases in neighboring countries, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ganderbal, Shyambir today chaired a meeting with the health department to review the Covid situation and discuss preparedness to meet any exigency arising due to COVID in the district.

During the meeting, a brief discussion was held on the availability of equipments, PPT kits, drugs, oxygen cylinders in hospitals, isolation/COVID wards, surveillance teams, testing facility and other relates aspects.

While discussing the Covid situation in the district, the MS, District Hospital said that as such no positive case is active in the district and Covid testing facility has been started in District Hospital.

The DC directed the concerned to ensure operational readiness of District Hospital and SDH Kangan including designated Covid wards, surveillance teams, oxygen generation and availability of Oxygen cylinders besides testing facility.

On the occasion the DC stressed on the need for community awareness of the COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and wide publicity of the health advisories related to COVID. He also stressed on implementation of CAB in District Hospital as a precautionary measure and exhorted on adopting essential and required measures to keep check on Covid spread in the district.

He directed health authorities in the district to be fully prepared for Covid specific facilities regarding upgradations in equipment and staff besides activation of Health COVID Cell.

While reviewing the availability of isolation beds in District Hospital and SDH Kangan, the DC directed the concerned to establish Covid designated wards of 20 bedded at District Hospital and 10 bedded designated Covid ward at SDH Kangan.

The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mehraj-u-din Shah, SDM Kangan, Javaid Ahmad Rather, MS District Hospital, MS, SDH, BMOs and other concerned.

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