SRINAGAR: Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha has directed for hiring additional paramedical staff, besides rational utilization of existing resources to ensure effective patient care management. He passed the directions during his visit to GMC Jammu.
Dr Shashi Sudhan Sharma, the GMC Principal informed the Lt Governor that as many as 250 nurses would join GMC Jammu within three days, substantially adding to the available healthcare workforce.
Laying special emphasis on providing better facilities to the patients, the Lt Governor directed the senior doctors to ensure proper availability of all medicines, nutritious meals, round-the-clock care of patients, food and water for attendants of the patients, and proper entry passes to the attendants.
“Senior doctors should also take the front line in informing people to adopt safe practices and Covid protocol. Seniors must leverage their role as both a doctor, caring and treating patients and a public health advocate containing Covid pandemic”, observed the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor sought the status of two new Oxygen plants, which are being set up by the J&K UT administration at GMC Jammu to augment its oxygen capacity. While reviewing the progress being made for establishing an additional 100-bedded Covid ward, the Lt Governor directed the Principal and senior doctors of GMC Jammu to ensure the operationalization of the said facility at the earliest.
Earlier, the Lt Governor visited Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) 500-bedded under construction Covid hospital site at Bhagwati Nagar and took first-hand appraisal of the ongoing work.
The fully air-conditioned makeshift Covid facility with 125 ICU beds and ventilators will be completed by May 25, 2021.
While enquiring about the patient-care facilities to be made available at the said Covidcare Hospital, the Lt Governor was informed by the officers of DRDO about the installation of Oxygen Generation Plant, triage facility, availability of Doctors, Paramedics and other important aspects of the Covid care management.
The Lt Governor directed the Health Department to provide all support to DRDO, including arrangements of health-related facilities, hiring, posting of doctors, paramedics, and other healthcare workforce well before the formal functioning of the hospital.
While having a briefing on the road connectivity to the Hospital site and other related works, the Lt Governor set deadlines for completion of the road and other auxiliary works. He directed the concerned departments to make sure that all necessary arrangements are made well in advance.
It was informed that Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) tanks with a capacity of 40 metric tons (2 tanks of 20 metric tons each) would be installed in this Covid care facility, besides the whole structure is prefabricated and fire retardant.
Pertinently, DRDO is setting up a 500-bedded Covid facility, one each in Srinagar and Jammu, which will substantially increase the Covid dedicated bed availability in J&K. BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary accompanied Lt Governor.
Earlier in the day, the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) Jammu provided 29 ventilators received by it under the PM Cares scheme to Government Medical College Jammu.
The ventilators are urgently required in GMC Jammu for catering to the heavy rush of critical covid patients.
The concerned authorities were directed to hand over the ventilators along with the accessories and 04 oxygen cylinders (D Type) per ventilator to the GMC Jammu administration.