J-K: Authorities call for increasing rate of RTPCR tests to contain COVID-19

at 4:53 pm

Jammu (NVI): Financial Commissioner Health & Medical Education of Jammu and Kashmir, Atal Dulloo today called for an increased rate of RT-PCR tests to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Union Territory.

Chairing a meeting with senior officers of health department, Dulloo said, “The capacity to conduct RTPCR tests be increased in excess of at least 10 thousand tests.”

The meeting was called to discuss issues like availability of general and oxygen supported beds in hospitals of J&K.

According to the officials, he set a target of immediate functioning of minimum 18 oxygen generation plants in Kashmir division and five such plants in Jammu division.

He also directed that an officer be deputed to look after availability of these facilities in government hospitals in both the divisions.

The Financial Commissioner assured availability of additional medical staff whenever and wherever required.

He also directed Directors of Health from both the divisions to visit designated Covid hospitals and ensure availability of all facilities round the clock.

During the meeting, it was directed that intensive care teams be deputed at Category 1 dedicated Covid hospitals. In addition to these teams the health department was also directed to ensure availability of ICU beds, ventilators and portable ventilators in the next couple of days.

Similarly, for category two Covid health centres, round the clock presence of a physician, ECG machine, oxygen cylinders, oxygen manifold and bedside monitors was also mandated.

Regarding Covid Care Centres, the availability of isolation beds, bedding, oxygen concentrator, BP apparatus, pulse oxymeters, nebulisers, non-contact thermometers, PPE kits and hypochlorite solution is to be ensured by the health department.

These facilities are to be given to patients who lack space for home quarantine.

Dulloo also sought district wise data about availability of isolation beds, supported beds, ICU beds and ventilators.