The J&K Government has established several COVID-19 hospitals which are working round-the-clock and performing sample testing swiftly.
Director, Health Services Kashmir, Dr Samir Mattoo said the government established eight hospitals in Kashmir and three in Jammu—exclusively for COVID-19 cases.
“All our eight COVID-19 hospitals are performing well and we have been able to reach out to people with some sort of relief amid this healthcare crisis,” Dr Mattoo said.
Dr Mattoo said with coronavirus declared as pandemic, it becomes imperative for all citizens to cooperate with the authorities to prevent and contain the outbreak.
He said the government has taken a slew of measures in terms of screening people particularly inbound travelers, surveillance and quarantine, isolation of suspects and was continuously monitoring the situation.
”People shouldn’t panic, but at the same time general public is requested to act and adhere to the advisories and Dos & Don’ts issued by the Health Department,” Dr Mattoo said.
The Director said the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir was imparting specialized trainings to 52 lab technicians who were undergoing training at the JLNM Hospital. They have been directed to study the Red Zones and Buffer Zones and launch the mass contact tracing.
They have been trained to perform the donning, doffing, while as with the help of Mobile Designated Vans (MDV) and the healthcare professionals have been able to increase the scientific sampling and testing of suspects across Kashmir.
He said as a precautionary measure, people were requested not to visit hospitals unnecessarily or in case of minor ailments.
Dr Mattoo said hundreds of treatment beds and additional quarantine beds have also been earmarked, besides adequate capacity to handle any possible rush.
He said the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir also constituted a team of district nodal officers for COVID-19, who were closely working in their respective districts to assess the situation.
“We have created a full proof mechanism where people can contact us and we will provide them basic opinions about keeping themselves happy and healthy,” said Dr Qazi Haroon, who is also OSD with DHSK.
The Directorate has been proactive in innovating and is keeping the administrative department aware of the evolving requirements of healthcare service delivery mechanisms and contemporary means by which the health setup of Kashmir can keep the pace with the expectations of the public.
The healthcare officials urged people to stay indoors, strictly implement social distancing measures, disclose recent travel history to COVID-19 affected countries and report any contact with positive cases voluntarily to flatten the COVID-19 curve.