COVID-19| Health authorities gear up to tackle situation across north Kashmir

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Authorities at different hospital across north Kashmir have geared up to handle situation amid Coronavirsu scare.

In Baramulla district, authorities at Government Medical College (GMC) Baramulla have setup a separate COVID-19 clinic where patients with pulmonary infections and flu-like symptoms are treated.

The authorities have also made quarantine arrangement for 40 patients besides isolation facility for 13 persons.

“These centres are equipped with all facility,” said Dr Masood, Medical Superintendent Associated Hospital, GMC.

The Chief Medical Officer, Baramulla, Deeba Khan said quarantine facility have also been set up at 10 blocks of the district besides three-bed “Isolation facility” facility has been kept at St Joesph hospital.

He said the authorities have also made requisition for eight ventilators to higher authorities in case of any need.

In Kupwara district, the authorities have identified 144 people who had either visited to Coronavirus affected countries or had travel history to any other country.

These people have been home quarantined and health authorities are keeping close vigil on them.

“As a precautionary measure, 144 people had been self-quarantined. At least thirty percent of them have completed the period. A close vigil is being kept on them so that in case of any problem, health assistance is ensured” said in charge Chief Medical Officer, Kupwara, Dr Abdul Ghani.

He said 56 beds have been kept available for quarantine and isolation purpose in the district.

He said a round-the-clock control room has also been set up in Kupwara where two doctors, four paramedics besides a DSP-rank police officer remain available.

“A specific group of doctors besides some paramedics have been imparted training at the Srinagar. The staff is looking for all flu-like symptom cases” he said.

In Bandipora district, the health authorities have set up two control rooms, which are working round-the-clock – one at DC Office and another at Chief Medical Officer’s office.

The health authorities are keeping a close vigil on 147 people with travel history. Of these 147 persons, 70 had been home quarantined. At Sub-District Hospitals in Hajin, Sumbal and Dawar area of Gurez, separate arrangements have been made to treat patients with flu-like symptoms.

“The health department is working round-the-clock in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak across the country. Five rapid response teams have been constituted besides 71 surveillance teams have been established to keep eye on the situation. Over 40 quarantine facilities have been set up in the district” said Dr Tajamul, Chief Medical Officer Bandipora.

Meanwhile, awareness programs about Coronavirus have been started in several parts of north Kashmir.

In Narwaw block of Baramulla, the Block Development Council, with help of Block Medical Officer Sheeri, project officer ICDS, Sheeri have decided to launch awareness initiative.