Government Initiatives


A group of Kashmiris labourers sitting idle somewhere in Himachal Pradesh after the lockdown stopped their work in 2020. Photo: Internet

On the express directions of the Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha, the labour class has started getting some help as the lockdown prevents any work. Every registered construction worker was transferred Rs 1000 into the bank account so that he is somehow able to have certain basics for him and his family. In Samba, 7034 workers got this benefit. In Ramban, 16568 construction works got this benefit. The government has decided to extend this minimum help for two months. The help is underway for other districts too.


Director Industries and Commerce Anoo Malhotra

Industries Department run War Room has facilitated the supply of 38,299 oxygen cylinders to GMC, Jammu, and its Associated Hospitals, far off healthcare centres in the last fortnight. Almost half of this supply – 15052 has gone to GMC Jammu alone. The first job of the War Room was to convert the industrial oxygen cylinders moulded to fit the operations in the hospitals. In the follow-up, under Anoo Malhotra, Director Industries Jammu, all the oxygen-producing units were asked to operate 24 x 7. Most of the oxygen manufacturing units are located at Jammu, Kathua and Udhampur. By on average, the war room supplies some 3000 cylinders to 60 medical institutions with almost half of it being consumed by GMC, Jammu alone. The War Room is being managed by 6-8 employees in three shifts each.


An aerial view of Kishtwar

District administration Kishtwar has setup 105 high flow oxygen supported beds for managing Covid positive patients. Given the low infection level, most of these beds are vacant. It is one of the few districts with low mortality on account of Covid19 – 26 deaths and 341 active cases. This hill district has seen most of the 3500 Covid19 positive cases recovering and resuming the routine.


Lt Governor Manoj Sinha during Attestation cum Passing-Out-Parade of Dy.SsP (Prob.) & PSIs at SKPA Udhampur

The government set up 661 Oxygen-bed capacity at eight Covid Care Centres.

The district has a stock of as many as 292 D-type Oxygen cylinders, 468 B-type, 111 oxygen concentrators and 51 ventilators, according to Deputy Commissioner, Indu Kanwal Chib. The cylinder consumption has doubled from 3 a day to 70 a day. This district is playing a key role in the supply of industrial oxygen to Narayana Hospital, Government Medical College, Jammu and Ramban.


Thali Dance of Ramban, the final act

The Medical oxygen plant at District Hospital Ramban is nearing completion, as the government has sanctioned one plant each for Banihal, and Batote, according to Deputy Commissioner, Mussarat Islam. He said 61% of age-appreciated persons stand vaccinated indoor to door vaccination drives as balance 29144ae being tackled in next 15 days. The district has 702 D and B type medical oxygen cylinders out of which over 95% have been filled and empty cylinders are being refilled on a regular basis. The district has created 532 bed capacity including 82 level-2 and 450 level-3.


The District Hospital, the main Covid19 facility was provided with a state-in-art oxygen manufacturing plant with 1000 LPM capacity, Deputy Commissioner  Anuradha Gupta said. Of the 100 beds that the hospital has, the plant provides Oxygen to 65 beds as the remaining 35 beds are supported with oxygen cylinders.

Besides, an additional block of District Hospital samba has also been primed with upto 40 beds of Covid-19 patients with oxygen cylinders facility. District Hospital Samba has a stock of 26 D-type oxygen cylinders, 37 B-type oxygen cylinders and 25 oxygen concentrators of which 10  have a high flow oxygen facility. The administration has also readied AH Ghagwal, CHC Ramgarh, ESIC Bari Brahmana with oxygen supported beds in backend support for as and when required for sharing the high load of patients. Besides, there is additional 400-bed capacity.


Indoor Stadium Srinagar where a temporary Covid-19 facility is coming up to manage the patient load outside formal hospitals.

The district administration is upgrading five Primary Health Centres (PHC) into Star PHCs. They are located at Batamaloo, Khonmoh, Lasjan, Sangam and Nishat. Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Aijaz Asad wants each of these PHCs to have a 25-30 bed capacity with an oxygen support system. This is aimed at improving the bed capacity given the ferocious contagion on prowl.


Poonch fort – Photo: Shams Irfan

The district administration created 100 Level 02 and 370 level- 3 beds capacity in the district, while two 2400 LPM capacity Oxygen plants including 2200 LPM in the District Hospital and 200 capacity in Mandi Community Health Centre are nearing completion. The district has a stock of 448 oxygen cylinders, including 190 type D, 218 type B and 40 oxygen concentrators to cater to the medical oxygen supply-demand for the Covid19 patients. Poonch has lost more than 60 people as it is managing more than 1000 active cases.


The administration is racing to install the 759-LPM Oxygen generation plant at the Government Medical College Doda. By now, around 80% of work, including installation has been completed and by the next 10 days, it will be commissioned. Deputy Commissioner, Vikas Sharma said it can refill around 155 D type cylinders in a day. Doda has lost 73 people to the disease and it has more than 800 active Covid19 cases.

Sharma said that the District has 3 level Covid management system. In the quarantine facilities, 277-bed capacity was created but is not occupied. In level-2, 190 beds are available with half of the oxygen support. In the level-3, 270 beds are available at GMC’s Associated Hospital including 150 for Covid19 but so far only 32 are occupied.

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