Srinagar: Chairing a meeting regarding the status and functioning of Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and referral of sick patients in all health institutions of Kashmir division, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole Tuesday called for making optimal use of ventilators for COVID and non-COOVID patients.
During the meeting, the divisional commissioner reviewed the status of invasive and non-invasive ventilators in every district besides the allocation of ventilators for COVID and non-COVID patients.
He directed all officers present to put all the ventilators in use and stop undue referral to tertiary hospitals which would ease not only the load on these hospitals but simultaneously not allow patients to become more critical during the Golden Hour in transit.
The divisional commissioner took serious note of non-utilisation of ventilators in districts since November 1, 2021 and warned the district health authorities for stern administrative action against those officers who would be found not utilising these life-saving ventilators for daily use for patients.
He cautioned them that the new COVID variant would not give time for preparation and all district hospitals, COVID dedicated hospitals, and tertiary hospitals needed to be ready for any eventuality that could take place if ventilators are not kept functional in these testing times of pandemic.
The divisional commissioner directed the preparation of the proposal with the help of a technical expert for physical and financial modalities for the installation of a central heating system in COVID wards and hospitals. He also directed the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) and principals of Government Medical Colleges to install Split ACs in these hospitals where they might have to install invasive and non-invasive ventilators
The divisional commissioner directed the concerned officers to provide the status of PM CARE-supplied ventilators that needed technical repairs.
He also directed the deployment of staff by the district hospitals for training at GMC, Srinagar, and JLNM Hospital Srinagar for capacity building training in ICUs and critical care for doctors and paramedics of the Kashmir division so that their services were better utilised in the pandemic.