50% SKIMS staff put on standby for future needs

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In a bid to conserve manpower for COVID19 cases, feared to rise in coming days, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) has put half of its staff on standby from today.

An order issued by SKIMS on Thursday directed all heads of the departments to device rosters in such a way that 50 percent of the staff could be kept standby. This, the order said, will help conserve the manpower for future needs.

The order also directs optimal utilization of disposable items, like personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, N95 masks and other consumables, besides directing to rationalize stocks and materials.

The decision to take half of the staff off from hospital is part of the COVID19 preparation by the hospital, Dr Farooq Jan, medical superintendent SKIMS said. He said the wards were also being prepared to increase the capacity for cases of coronavirus. “We are preparing a new 20-bedded ICU,” he said.

The staff that will be off will need to be available with “one-hour response time”, reads the order.

SKIMS has also directed doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff at the forefront of COVID19 to take up accommodation in hostels of the Institute while faculty members have been provided with guesthouse accommodation.

The specialties of pathology, clinical hematology, immunology, advanced genetic center and physical medicine have been directed to stay off and keep 2-3 persons available for emergency purposes.