Kupwara, April 10 : District Administration Kupwara has taken concerted efforts to provide proper health care facilities to COVID-19 patients in the district. For this purpose, Sub District Hospital (SDH), Kupwara, having capacity of 100 beds, has been designated as Isolation Facility Centre (IFC) for COVID-19 patients. The Hospital premises and its adjacent area has been declared Red Zone to contain the spread of the Virus.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Anshul Garg, who is personally monitoring healthcare facilities in the district revealed that augmentation of other government as well as private healthcare institutions is under way to meet out the requirement of the other patients.

“The SDH, now COVID-19 Hospital Kupwara has been equipped with the designated number of beds, equipments, drugs, logistics for the COVID-19 as per the SOPs and protocols for combating the dreaded contagious disease within short span of time”, said the Chief Medical Officer, Kupwara, adding that apart from already existing equipments, a huge quantity of requisite items have been procured from the funds provided by Deputy Commissioner Kupwara. These items include 14 suctions, 14 bed side pluse oxymeters, 39 oxygen flow meters, 30 bulk oxygen cylinders, 12 side screens, 2000 disposable sheets, 2000 disposable pillow covers, 73 wooden beds for administrative quarantine, 22 semi fowler beds , 30 IV stands, 4000 disposable electrodes for monitors, 80 dust bins, 4000 bags for BMW, 10 air purifiers, 40 laryngoscopes, 190 endotracheal tubes, 47 LMA, 40 tracheostomy sets, 55000 triple layer masks, 2100 sanitizers of 100ml, 250 sanitizers of 500ml, 472 waterproof gowns with trousers and 1000 N-95 masks , added the CMO.

CMO further said that 02 ventilators have been shifted from District Hospital, Handwara and installed at COVID-19 centre to handle the critical patients. Besides, sample taking procedure has been started at this COVID Facility Centre to minimize the inconvenience of patients caused to them due to shifting from Kupwara to Baramulla, SKIMS, & CD Hospital. “We trained the staff and started the procedure after getting VTMs from Controller PM stores”, said the CMO adding that during last 2 days about 32 samples have been taken by our trained staff.
CMO said that DC Kupwara has deputed two SRTC Buses to pick and drop the health employees of the district from their respective areas for their hassle free movement to reach their duties well in time in view of the restrictions imposed in the district.

In his message for general public of Kupwara district, CMO appealed people to follow the preventive measures and stay indoors so that the dreaded Virus is contained fully in the district. He said control rooms at district and bock level are working 24 X 7 to address the grievances of people.

 Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Ansul Garg took stock of health care facilities for the other patients in the district. He was informed that all neccessary steps are being taken to augment the health care institutions across the district so that normal patients do not feel any inconvenience for want to treatment. 

It was given out that SDH Sogam has been provided with train staff from SDH Kupwara to attend the dialysis patients regularly.The dialysis facility at SDH ,Kupwara has been put to halt because of COVID-19 patients are being treated there.

It was further informed that full time dailysis shall also be provided at quality care hospital Handwara which has been kept under the disposal of CMO under the provisions of Disaster Management Act.
Regarding Gyne and Obst facilities, the Deputy Commissioner was informed that SB nursing home at Kupwara has also been put at the disposal of CMO for carrying out Gynaecological and labour room facilities.

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