Directorate of Health Services Kashmir today released "Disaster Management Manual" for DHSK, District Hospitals and District headquarters (CMOs) which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during the last week of August 2017 and was followed by multiple orientation workshops for all District and Block level officers.
At the inaugural function, Minister for Finance, Dr. Haseeb Drabu, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Baghat, Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash, chief secretary B. B. Vyas, principal secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal were present.
The document emphasizes the necessary guidelines, need of command system, response teams and alternative measures for quick response and immediate relief during disasters that can help bring in early stabilization in such situations.
"Disaster Management Manual reflects our state of preparedness and builds a platform to design effective, realistic and coordinated planning, it reduces duplication of efforts and increases the overall effectiveness of the coordinated work. It can help in generating mock drills for effective training," a spokesman of the department said.
"J&K is located in a vulnerable seismic zone that is prone to earthquakes and is equally susceptible to flash floods, landslides and avalanches. Thus preparedness of our departments and their integration through central command center is a vital key to swift and prompt response that needs to be generated as a reaction to such events. The Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) profoundly worked on the subject over the last half a decade in a gradual manner as it is quite evident that hospitals during disasters or disaster like situations become the first response centers and even shelter for relief and rehabilitative measures."
All such experiences on the disaster management has now been finally reproduced in the form of a readily available document, the spokesman said.