Srinagar, Jan 2: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Sunday asked the district authorities to press surveillance teams on 24X7 jobs to keep a close watch on Coronavirus disease and advised that multi-pronged strategy, including deployment of screening teams with doctors at block level, besides roping in ASHA workers, should be adopted.
Meanwhile, Government Medical Colleges (GMC), Srinagar has set up 26 beds, S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) 25 in Srinagar district. Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) has kept 52 beds available across Kashmir Division with isolation wards and ventilators in each hospital and Public Health Centres (PHCs). Besides, VTM kits, personal protection gears and dedicated staff of Microbiologist have also been kept in ready mode. The GMC has stored 11,500 triple layer, 7000 N-95 masks while as SKIMS has stored 10,000 N-95.
Moreover, two lakh triple layer masks would reach valley within a day. Mr Khan, while chairing a meeting on Saturday, said that Divisional Administration is geared to meet any exigency in case of Coronavirus outbreak. He directed Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Officers of Health Institutions to generate mass awareness regarding the symptoms and preventive methods to tackle Coronavirus disease across valley, if detected. ''Masjid Imams, Panchs, Sarpanchs, doctors, police and media should be roped in to disseminate health advisory to the public regarding the Coronavirus disease,'' the Div Com further directed.
He asked the concerned to maintain a travel inventory of students, businessmen and traders in each district, from December 01, 2019 who have been travelling to China and other reportedly infected countries. Domestic and foreign tourists should also be inquired with regard to the Coronavirus disease symptoms, in a humble manner, he added. He ordered the DCs to setup 24x7 helpline and publicise the contact numbers through mass media. The meeting was informed that no Coronavirus infected case was reported in the valley till date. However, the administration has activated Rapid Response teams and made arrangements to tackle the disease.
The meeting was informed that, Health check-up camps were established at Airport, main Railway Stations along with teams of doctors and paramedics with special ambulance service for preliminary screening of the travellers. He further asked the concerned to launch an intense awareness in rural belts and remote areas of Kashmir division. He also directed the officials to print pamphlets regarding do’s and don’ts of the disease in Urdu, Kashmiri and English languages and distribute the same at Airport, Railway Stations, different locations on National Highway and other congested places.
He instructed the concerned to ply announcement vehicles on highways on daily basis. ''Bio-medical and other wastes related to patients, if any, kept in isolation wards be lifted separately and disposed-off by incinerating as per the advisory of Health & Medical Education department besides, setting up adequate beds at PCR hospital and other district police hospitals with all facilities,'' he stated. The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir added that DCs and concerned officials should maintain inter district, departmental coordination and submit real time information. (UNI)