Samba: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan, Saturday visited District Hospital Samba and reviewed the status of Covid control measures being put in place to tackle effectively Covid-19 pandemic.
Advisor Farooq Khan, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner, Samba, Anuradha Gupta, took stock of entire medical infrastructure availability in the hospital which serves as a prime health institution adjacent to national highway. He was informed that the hospital is equipped with modern state of art medical CT scan machine, X-ray machine, ultrasound machine besides well equipped OT rooms, Gynae rooms and general ward.
Deputy Commissioner informed the Advisor about status of initiatives being taken up by the district administration saying that more than 40 vaccination centres have been identified in the district where regular vaccination of Covid-19 is being carried out. Besides, testing/sampling of travelers coming through road and railway is also being carried out while surveillance teams are conducting random testing of Covid-19, she added. She also informed about the present status of RTPCR/RAT/ Truenat testing, active positive cases, micro containment zones, vaccination status of HCW/FLWAW, availability of oxygen equipments, beds and other medical facilities in the district.
Advisor Farooq Khan, while reviewing the healthcare system, exhorted upon the administration to adopt proactive approach in handling Covid-19 positive cases besides increasing recovery rate. He said additional hospitals and health institutions can also be ramped up for enhancing medical aid facilities in the district. He laid emphasis on ensuring tele- medicine facility in the district for attending non Covid-19 OPDs.
Advisor Farooq Khan also enquired about the status of oxygen generating plants in the district. He directed the SSP for ensuring zero pilferage and zero diversion of medical oxygen to non-health institutions.
Advisor also visited Kathua district to take stock of Covid control measures being put in place in Government Medical College there.
Advisor was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Rahul Yadav, SSP Kathua R C Kotwal, Professor Pathology, Dr Surinder Attri, Medical Superintendent, Dr. Chitra Vaishnavi, HoDs of different departments and other concerned officers.
Advisor Farooq Khan visited Isolation Ward for Covid patients of GMC Kathua and interacted with patients and enquired about their well being and status of medical care being provided to them by the hospital authorities. He also visited ICU unit and enquired about the availability of necessary infrastructure in the hospital.
While inspecting the ongoing works of Oxygen Generation Plant at GMC, Advisor directed the executing agency to expedite the works and complete it within next four days so that better patient care can be ensured. He also visited Oxygen Manifold plant and enquired about the availability of oxygen for daily consumption in the hospital. He was apprised that Hospital has sufficient stock of cylinders catering to the need of the Covid and other patients.
Farooq Khan informed that the facility of Tele Medicine is being extended to the districts so that necessary monitoring and medical advice can be provided to the heath care staff sitting in far and remote locations.
Regarding installation of new CT scan machinery at GMC, Advisor assured that the necessary equipments will be installed within next fifteen days.
Later, Advisor Farooq Khan held a brief meeting with Deputy Commissioner and senior officers of Medical Education and Health Department and other concerned officers at DC office Complex.
He directed the concerned officials that proper plan should be made beforehand for smooth operation of the oxygen plant besides training the staff meant for operating the plant.
Advisor impressed upon the officials for taking periodic assessment of availability of medical resources like oxygen, beds, manpower, medicines etc to meet out any exigency. He asked them to ensure that hassle free medical services are provided to the public and their concerns are addressed regularly.
Advisor assured the concerned officers that infrastructure required to strengthen the healthcare and other amenities for the patients welfare will be given priority.