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Fully Prepared To Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic: Divisional Commissioner P.K. Pole

Pole also appealed to the public to strictly follow the restrictions and SOPs besides avoiding gatherings to combat the pandemic

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Arshid Hussain Mir
Arshid Hussain Mir
Covering Budgam, Kashmir Regional News from India. Holds Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from RIMT University, Punjab.

JAMMU AND KASHMIR. Anantnag: The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) of Kashmir, P. K. Pole has claimed that the administration is fully prepared to tackle the situation that has arisen out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While interacting with the media on Friday during his visit to district Anantnag, Pole said, “The administration is fully prepared to tackle the pandemic.”

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He also appealed to the public to strictly follow the restrictions and SOPs besides avoiding gatherings to combat the pandemic.

During his visit to Anantnag, Pole made an on spot inspection of various medical and healthcare facilities associated with COVID-19 management in the district.

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Meanwhile, he has urged the health officials to utilise the oxygen supply rationally while ensuring the health of the patients is not compromised.

The Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Piyush Singla, ADC, Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, ADDC, Bashir Ahmad, SDM Bijbehara, CAO, CMO, Dy CMO, MS Trauma Hospital Bijbihara and other concerned officers were present during his visit.

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Pole took a detailed stock of medical infrastructure and oxygen availability besides the augmentations being made for effective mitigation of the pandemic here.

Pole also inspected the newly commissioned 500 LPM oxygen plant and reviewed its functioning briefly at the dedicated COVID-19 hospital (Trauma Hospital) in Bijbehera. He directed the health officials to utilize the oxygen supply rationally while ensuring the health of the patients is not compromised.

He inaugurated the Pukaar Helpline at DC office Anantnag which will function round the clock and serve as a single point contact for the people of the district to register their grievances with the administration. Pole also reviewed the functioning of the district COVID-19 control room which has been working for mitigating the problems of COVID-19 and non COVID-19 patients in the district.

Later, Pole visited GMC Anantnag and took stock of functioning of Covid dedicated ward besides the recently commissioned 1000 LPM and old 350 LPM oxygen plants. The principal GMC informed the Div Com the 1000 LPM plant is catering to the high flow oxygen needs of patients and another similar capacity (1000 LPM) plant will be commissioned in next two days.

Pole directed the Principal GMC for making proper teams which will oversee the working of oxygen plants besides conducting fire and emergency audit of the hospital and removing the critical points. He also called for strict “no entry” for unauthorized persons in oxygen plants and other important locations.

Stressing on proper functioning of triage center at GMC, Pole asked the health authorities to monitor its working on daily basis and allocate the facilities to COVID-19 patients as per their needs and condition.

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Addressing the team of doctors, he emphasized for deferment of non-emergency surgeries so that the human and material resources are utilised for effective COVID-19 mitigation.

The commissioner also passed directions for minimizing entry of attendants to COVID-19 wards, separate entry and exit points for COVID-19 and normal patients to reduce chances of virus exposure.

Lastly, Pole visited the CMOs office and checked the functioning of COVID-19 Control Room. He was informed by CMO Ang that the control room and similar control rooms at block levels were working round the clock to monitor the home isolation of positive patients, requirements of COVID-19 patients, testing process and referrals across the district.

Pole directed for further augmentation of the control room with proper dovetailing of resources besides aggressive testing of the people in containment zones.

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