Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo today said government has roped in private hospitals and nursing homes to create additional isolation facilities across Jammu and Kashmir for treating COVID19 patients.
In this regard, Atal Dulloo visited the Acharya Shri ChanderCollege of Medical Sciences (ASCOMS) Jammu and assessed the isolation beds thathave been spared by the hospital administration.
"We are continuously monitoring the situation and are ropingin private hospitals and nursing homes to ramp up the isolation facilitiesacross the Union Territory in case the numbers of COVID19 patients increases.All the private hospitals and nursing homes are cooperating and have agreed toprovide space for handling such patients", Dullo said.
He said that nursing homes have agreed to provide space forhandling 5-10 COVID -19 cases each. "The nursing homes in Jammu and Kashmirhave given us in writing that they have kept isolation beds ready to handleCOVID19 patients."
Atal Dullo said that they are assessing the facilities inthese nursing homes to check their feasibility and efficiency. He said thatseparate teams have been constituted both in Jammu and Kashmir to assess thefacilities that the private nursing homes have kept in isolation wards.
The FC said that government will start treating COVID19patients at the private hospitals and nursing homes in case the need arises.The government said that with the nursing homes pitching in, they will be ableto add another 200 isolation beds in these nursing homes.
During his visit to the hospital, the FC was informed by theDirector Principal of ACOMS that they have created space for 100 isolation bedswith all the facilities in place. It was also informed that the hospitalsauthorities have kept separate space for handling emergency cases apart fromkeeping Intensive Care Unit beds.