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JAMMU: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer on Sunday visited Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) Hospital and inspected the progress on the under construction oxygen generation plant.He was accompanied by Chief Engineer JPDCL, Superintendent Engineer, MED, Superintendent Engineer PWD, Medical Superintendent SMGS, Deputy Medical Superintendent SMGS and other concerned officers.The Divisional Commissioner took a round of various sections of the hospital including the sites of Oxygen Generation Plant with Manifold system and under construction 250-bedded block, etc.At the Oxygen Generation plant, the concerned Engineers briefed the Div about the work completed so far and ongoing works and expected date of completion of 3000 LPM Oxygen Generation Plant. It was informed that the work was in progress on the Plant Room and flooring work has been completed. The Divisional Commissioner directed the PWD to expedite the pace of work and ensure completion of Plant Room at the earliest. He also directed the MED to start the work on installation of the Oxygen Generation Plant at the earliest.Responding to the need for shut down for shifting of electric poles, the Div Com directed the engineers of JPDCL and hospital authorities to conduct a joint survey and find out the power back up/ alternate source of power so that the power supply to the hospital is not affected. He also passed directions to JPDCL to install an independent transformer for the upcoming Oxygen Generation Plant and keep power set up ready before its functioning.The Divisional Commissioner directed the concerned executing agencies to work in close coordination and expedite the pace of work for early commissioning of the Plant.Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner also reviewed the functioning of the already installed 500 LPM Oxygen Generation Plant and manifold system.The hospital authorities apprised the Div Com about the requirement of oxygen pipeline. The Div Com directed the engineers of MED to expedite the work on installation of Medical Gas pipelines in the wards to augment the bed capacity with ventilators and oxygen supported beds.Later, the Divisional Commissioner chaired a meeting with HoD Pediatrics & HoD Gynae/Obs and reviewed the COVID management in the hospital.Referring to possible third COVID wave, which according to experts may affect the younger generation, the Div Com directed the SMGS authorities to gear up to deal with the situation.The hospital authorities informed that ward 7 and 8 with capacity of 53 beds have been dedicated for COVID patients who are being referred from triage points, while the ward no 19 of the hospital with 46 bed capacity has already been identified to reserve for Pediatric COVID patients. It was further informed that the hospital management can augment it with 140 additional beds if requirement is felt.The Div Com also inquired about the availability of ventilators and was informed that the hospital has 4 ICU wards with 16 ventilators.It was informed that presently the Pediatric COVID patients are being treated at MCH Gandhi Nagar hospital.The Divisional Commissioner instructed the concerned to share requirements if any and focus on strengthening of Pediatric COVID care in SMGS.
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