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JAMMU: JKPCC Chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma besides former Health Minister and Vice Chairman DDC Shabir Ahmad Khan have demanded that the central experts team visiting Jammu on Sunday, should visit to GMC hospital Rajouri besides district hospitals Rajouri and Poonch as well as other CHCs in hot spots to suggest urgent measures to upgrade the facilities there in view of the large number of casualties and positive cases there, after Jammu district.
In a letter to LG Manoj Sinha, they said that there are huge vacancies and shortcomings of manpower besides shortage of logistics in GMC Rajouri required to cater to the needs of twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.
They said 21 posts of doctors(medical officers), 11 posts of specialists and around 40 posts of paramedics and class IV including nurses, technicians, pharmacist, nursing orderlies and Safaiwalas are vacant besides shortage of anaesthesia staff required to deal with the situation especially to properly manage the oxygen system.
Since the GMC Jammu and other associated hospitals have been made almost out of bound for the COVID patients of outside districts by the authorities, in view of huge load, so the GMC hospital Rajouri besides DHs and CHCs have to be further equipped to cater to the needs of the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch, they said.
Heavy workload on GMC Jammu beyond capacity, makes it all the more important to immediately meet the requirements of this GMC Rajouri and other hospitals in the twin border districts, they added. Ravinder said that the GMC Rajouri was sanctioned 3000 LPM oxygen plant ,last year but only 1000 LPM plant has been installed, which is inadequate to cater to the requirements of available 40 ventilators and the rising number of serious patients requiring ventilator supported beds.
Thus oxygen plant needs to be augmented in the hospitals besides anaesthesia manpower to satisfactorily run round the clock emergency services, in this situation, he said.
He said that the proposal to fully utilize the 100 beded old hospital in Rajouri city, as dedicated COVID hospital , is getting dust, since last year, as a result the available infrastructure can’t be fully used for COVID emergency, in the absence of manifold oxygen plant , which too can be installed on emergency basis, with limited expenditure to provide oxygen requirements to less serious patients .
As Sunderbani, Nowshera, Kalakote, Manjakote, Thannamandi, Darhal, Budhal, Koteranka, Treyath and adjoining areas are a hot spots in the province, the CHCs Sunderbani, Nowshera, Kalakote, Koteranka, Darhal, Thannamandi, Manjakote need to be strengthened to deal with the situation, they said adding it has been told by experts that another manifold oxygen plants can be installed in CHC in Sunderbani short time, with limited expenditure , as around 100 cylinders are available in CHC, and other said CHCs which can be connected to the such plant, to provide better services to the COVID patients.
Taking a dig at the authorities, they said it is never too late for the government to rise to the occasion to save further loss of precious lives in Jammu and rural parts of J and K where the facility can be augmented with in short time and reasonable expenditure.
This will save the GMC Hospital Jammu and associated hospitals from more workload of other districts besides providing the necessary health facilities to the rural population especially of twin border districts who have no other way out to avail good health facilities, they added.
They hoped that the LG Manoj Sinha would ask the central team to visit Rajouri and Poonch districts also to suggest urgent matters for upgrading the facilities to deal with the COVID situation in twin border and backward districts.