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

Isolation wards, quarantine facilities set-up in hospitals at Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora; rapid response, surveillance teams established
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 MedicalCollege (GMC) Baramulla have setup a separate COVID-19 clinic where patientswith pulmonary infections and flu-like symptoms are treated.

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

"Thesecentres are equipped with all facility," said Dr Masood, Medical SuperintendentAssociated Hospital, GMC.

The Chief Medical Officer, Baramulla, Deeba Khan saidquarantine facility have also been set up at 10 blocks of the district besidesthree-bed "Isolation facility" facility has been kept at St Joesph hospital.

Hesaid the authorities have also made requisition for eight ventilators to higherauthorities in case of any need.

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

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

"As a precautionarymeasure, 144 people had been self-quarantined. At least thirty percent of themhave completed the period. A close vigil is being kept on them so that in caseof any problem, health assistance is ensured" said in charge Chief MedicalOfficer, Kupwara, Dr Abdul Ghani.

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

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

"A specific group of doctors besides some paramedics havebeen imparted training at the Srinagar. The staff is looking for all flu-likesymptom cases" he said.

In Bandipora district, the health authorities have set uptwo control rooms, which are working round-the-clock – one at DC Office andanother at Chief Medical Officer's office.

The health authorities arekeeping 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 andDawar area of Gurez, separate arrangements have been made to treat patientswith flu-like symptoms.

"The health department isworking round-the-clock in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak across the country.Five rapid response teams have been constituted besides 71 surveillance teamshave been established to keep eye on the situation. Over 40 quarantinefacilities have been set up in the district" said Dr Tajamul, Chief MedicalOfficer Bandipora.

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

In Narwaw block ofBaramulla, the Block Development Council, with help of Block Medical OfficerSheeri, project officer ICDS, Sheeri have decided to launch awarenessinitiative.

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