Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan on Wednesday directed that pregnant ladies should be checked for COVID-19 infection before referring them to maternity hospital Led Ded here.
He issued these directions during a meeting held with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole, Deputy Commissioners of J&K, Director SKIMS Prof. AG Ahangar and Principal GMC Srinagar Dr Samia Rashid here through video conferencing.
The Advisor said that ASHA workers should prepare a list of pregnant ladies in their areas and check if they have any symptom of COVID-19 infection before referring them to the Valley’s premier maternity hospital.
He added that if the lady is found with any kind of symptoms for the infection, the ASHA worker should immediately report it to concerned so that the pregnant lady, instead of Led Ded hospital, could be referred to JLNM hospital or Government Medical College.
The Advisor said that sending pregnant ladies to Led Ded hospital without following due precaution may lead to a bigger problem.
During the meeting, Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir informed that door-to-door health check clinics have been established to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the red zone areas of Gund Jahangir and Hajin in Bandipora district.
He informed the meeting that contact tracing of all 324 COVID-19 positive cases has been done for which 60 teams were constituted.
The Div Com said that an institutional arrangement of three-tier-system has been put in place to deal with COVID-19 patients. He said the first tier is called a wellness centre and this will be for healthy patients who do not show symptoms for the infections. For such centres, the Div Com informed 6400-bed capacity centres are established in every district.
He said in tier-two which is called a COVID-health centre patient who needs more care would be admitted. For them, 1500 beds in centres have established in each district, while the last tier is hospital isolation wards where intensive care is required for the patients.
He said soon the sample testing capacity would be raised to more than 1000 per day.
During the meeting, the Advisor also took stock of various arrangements being made for the upcoming holy month of Ramadhan.
The Advisor directed all the officials present in the meeting to make sure that no gatherings at mosques are allowed during Ramadhan. He said all efforts be made to make people understand to follow the advisories so that they would refrain from gathering in the mosques.
The Div Com Kashmir was asked to ensure the availability of essentials, especially during the month, besides, he was also directed that there should be uninterrupted power supply especially during Sehri and Iftar times so that people do not face any difficulty during the holy month.