On the directions of Lt. Governor G.C. Murmu to the Health Department to further augment the health infrastructure in terms of manpower and material resources in J&K for fighting against coronavirus pandemic, the UT government Sunday informed that a 500 bedded COVID Care Centre with all the required facilities has been established and handed over to the Health Department at Yatri Niwas Bhagwati Nagar Jammu.
It will be the first administrative quarantine centre which has been upgraded to a Covid Care Centre in order to stem the contraction of coronavirus. In this well equipped Centre, adequate arrangements have been made so that all the facilities like mess, water coolers, Television etc are available for the cases that have been clinically assigned mild or very mild cases or COVID suspect cases. This centre at the Yatri Niwas is a step towards mitigating the load on the other hospitals in the Jammu district.
Nodal Officer of this Centre Sudhir Bali, said that in the first phase, for the future preparedness to handle COVID-19 cases, the government has developed it as a 500 bedded Covid Care Centre.
“In our fight against Covid 19, we are aiming to develop Covid Care Centres with 2000 beds in Jammu to lower the burden on the tertiary care hospitals. We need to be prepared in all respects to face any eventuality,” said Nodal Officer Sudhir Bali.
He further informed that the Center has been developed with an aim to handle suspected cases whose results are awaited or those confirmed cases that have been clinically assigned mild or very mild cases.
The doctors of the primary health centre already functioning there are available round the clock to face any eventuality and additional staff including doctors and paramedical staff has been deployed from the Directorate Health Services. The ambulances service is available at the Centre for moving any patient to a tertiary care facility in case of an emergency. “Doctors are working round the clock and all the protocols are being followed properly to handle all the operations at this Centre,” Dr Osmani Suaidi, Nodal Officer from Health Department informed.
Further adequate arrangement for sanitization and fogging is being done at regular intervals and proper security arrangements are in place. The government also said that there are adequate supplies of masks, sanitizers, PPE and other equipments at the quarantine centre. It also said that a sanitization tunnel has been placed at the centre so as not to leave anything to chance.