Governor reviews preparedness

With swine flu cases pouring in from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Governor NN Vohra Thursday directed officials of the Health and Medical Education department to closely monitor the situation and fast-track procurement of drugs and setting up of testing facilities.
Governor reviews preparedness
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With swine flu cases pouring in from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Governor NN Vohra Thursday directed officials of the Health and Medical Education department to closely monitor the situation and fast-track procurement of drugs and setting up of testing facilities.

An official spokesman said Governor convened a meeting at the Raj Bhavan to review the status of H1N1 flu in the state and preparedness of the Health and Medical Education Department to deal with the infectious disease.

Governor, according to an official spokesman, directed Secretary, Health Department, to ensure that adequate supplies of medicines, N95 masks required for health care workers and Virus Transport Medium (VTM) for transportation of samples are urgently procured and distributed to the concerned hospitals.

The Governor directed the officials that urgent measures should be taken to set up the required testing facility in Medical College Jammu, and he should be informed about the progress every week.

"He also directed Director Health Services (Kashmir) to ensure that there is no delay whatsoever in the operationalisation of the testing facility being set up by the Government Medical College, Srinagar," the spokesman said.

The Governor also directed BB Vyas, Principal Secretary, Finance to immediately release additional funding of Rs 30 lakh to the Health Department for augmenting the stock of medicines and vaccines and purchase a ventilator to effectively deal with the flu.

The Governor also directed that the situation should be closely monitored by obtaining daily status report from various districts. He also directed the two Directors to urgently have meetings with the Private Hospitals and secure the required coordination.

Briefing the Governor about the state of preparedness, Secretary Health, Gazzanfar Hussain, informed that an action plan has been devised for dealing with H1N1 influenza and necessary directions have been issued by the respective Director, Health Services, to all the CMOs and BMOs in the State. 

"The Action Plan envisages setting up of Isolation Wards with 4 to 6 beds at the District Hospitals and with 2 to 3 beds at the Community Health Centres. All the Health Department functionaries dealing with patients will be administered Influenza Vaccine," the spokesman said, adding; "He was also informed that N95 masks required for healthcare workers and VTM required for transportation of samples are being arranged from the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare."

 The Governor was informed that an Isolation Ward has been set up at the Chest Diseases Hospital, Srinagar, and is being equipped with dedicated CCU facilities. 

This is in addition to the arrangements at SKIMS, Srinagar where testing facility is already functioning. Likewise, a separate Isolation Ward has been set-up at Col Chopra Nursing Home, Government Medical College, Jammu, with sample collection facility and a separate Flu OPD has been started in Medicine OPD of Medical College, Jammu. Round the clock Control Rooms have been established at Barzulla and Jammu, the Raj Bhavan spokesperson added.

On being informed that presently no testing facility is available in Jammu, the Governor directed that urgent measures should be taken to set up the required testing facility in Medical College Jammu, and he should be informed about the progress every week.

 He also directed Director Health Services (Kashmir) to ensure that there is no delay whatsoever in the operationalisation of the testing facility being set up by the Government Medical College, Srinagar.

 The Governor directed Secretary, Health Department, to ensure that adequate supplies of medicines, N95 masks required for health care workers and Virus Transport Medium (VTM) for transportation of samples are urgently procured and distributed to the concerned hospitals.

The Raj Bhavan Spokesperson disclosed that SKIMS had so far taken 670 samples of persons from different parts of the State and tested 275 samples, out of which 71 patients had tested positive for Swine Flu virus.

The Governor asked Secretary, Health to ensure wide publicity,  using all available media, to generate adequate awareness among people regarding Do's and Dont's in dealing with the flu and when to seek specialist medical advice so that there is no unnecessary panic or scare.

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