Oxygen demand-supply audit, mobile vaccination to be held, war-rooms put in place
STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded 3,733 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,87,219, even as 51 fatalities over the last 24 hours took the death toll to 2,421, officials said.Out of the fresh cases, 1,294 were from the Jammu division and 2,439 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said, adding that whileThe officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 1,136 cases, followed by 584 in Jammu district and 296 in Pulwama district.The number of active cases has reached 34,567 in the union territory, while 1,50,231 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.The death toll in the union territory due to the pandemic rose to 2,421 as 51 fresh deaths – 35 in Jammu region and 16 in Kashmir valley – were reported in the past 24 hours.
JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir School Education Department on Monday issued guidelines/instructions on COVID-19 containment measures in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.In pursuance to Government Order No. 27-JK(DMRRR) of 2021 and in continuation to Government Order No. 174-Edu of 2021 dated April 28, 2021, B.K Singh, Administrative Secretary, School Education Department today ordered that all schools shall remain closed for imparting on-campus/in-person education to students till May 31, 2021, except for the courses/programmes that require physical presence of students on account of laboratory/research/thesis work and internship, etc. and teaching in all these institution will be in online mode.“All schools shall not require in person attendance of any member of staff. The teaching staff shall conduct online classes only from their homes as per guidelines issued earlier,” he said in a order. However, the order stated, none of staff member is exempted from duties being assigned by Divisional Commissioner/District Disaster Management Authorities/District Magistrates in case of any exigency and even where some institutions are allowed to be opened by a specific or general order, educational institutions are strongly advised to take full safety precautions especially by ensuring social distancing, staggered attendance, maintaining sanitation and hygiene, early identification and isolation of suspect cases.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam chaired the maiden meeting of the COVID Apex Management Group to review the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and accordingly calibrate strategies for its control and mitigation.To scientifically ascertain the medical oxygen demand in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Secretary directed a detailed audit of oxygen demand across all hospitals and medical institutions. He directed constitution of divisional level teams to conduct the audit within two days and specify the requirement of gaseous oxygen to meet the needs of patients in COVID facilities, non-COVID hospitals, private hospitals, and Army hospitals. It was impressed upon the concerned to also include in the audit the estimation for future increase in COVID dedicated beds taking the existing tally from 4200 to 7000; and facilities to be provided at COVID care centres with at least 7000 oxygen-supported beds.Similarly, to precisely assess the availability of oxygen in the Union territory through in-house production and imports, Divisional Commissioners were asked to constitute divisional level expert committees to conduct the audit of oxygen generation and storage at various pressure levels. The oxygen supply audit will depict available resources, as well as arrangements, being made to increase supply in the future.The Chief Secretary also directed establishment of an oxygen war room headed by the Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce with subsidiary war rooms under respective Divisional Commissioner to monitor and manage supply and distribution of oxygen in Jammu and Kashmir by coordinating with suppliers and user agencies. Meanwhile, the Health & Medical Education Department was asked to ensure optimal uses of oxygen across the hospitals with minimal wastage.Further, Divisional Commissioners were directed to establish 24X7 call centres in Srinagar and Jammu for proper patient management and strict implementation of hospital referral policy. They were asked to advertise the helpline numbers in print, electronic and social media, besides, circulating them among the larger population through bulk text messages by using Swasthya Nidhi data.It was informed that COVID call centres will be operated by a team supported by medical professionals. They will collect vital information from patients and suitably direct them to triage points for seeking medical advice and assistance. The COVID triage points will be established at district hospitals, CD hospitals at Jammu and Srinagar, and at the emergency blocks of GMC, Jammu/Srinagar, and SKIMS, Srinagar.The Chief Secretary reiterated strict implementation of hospital referral policy for efficient patient management across the hierarchy of COVID care hospitals with access to tertiary healthcare reserved for critically ill patients. Accordingly, Divisional Commissioners were asked to ensure optimal utilization of resources, wherein the tertiary hospitals would only admit critical COVID patients being referred from district hospitals and walk-in patients would first be evaluated at triage points and suitably referred to proper healthcare facilities based on the severity of infection.Emphasizing that only vaccination will retard the rate of COVID transmission, the Chief Secretary said that vaccination rate should be maintained. He directed Director, Health Services, Jammu/Kashmir in consultation with Commissioner, Jammu/Srinagar Municipal Corporation to establish mobile vaccination centres with arrangements for AEFI management closer to the residential areas and vaccinate the eligible population amidst ongoing restrictions.Financial Commissioner, Finance, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Principal Secretary, Home, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor, Principal Secretary, Public Works (R&B), Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, besides, Divisional Commissioners, Kashmir and Jammu, Commissioners, Municipal Corporations, Jammu and Srinagar, Mission Director, National Health Mission along with experts from GMC Jammu, IIT Jammu and SMVDU participated in the meeting.
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