The newly constructed Maternity Hospital at Sonerwani in Bandipora district has started to function as COVID Hospital (Level-II) and five positive cases that were reported on Saturday have been shifted to the hospital thus reducing the burden on Srinagar Hospitals.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza said the hospital has a capacity of 70 beds and the COVID asymptotic Positive case-patients shall be kept in the hospital for treatment. He said the hospital has started functioning and the swabs are being taken at the centre for testing purpose.
Mirza said the first test of the COVID suspects that is Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) shall also be done in the hospital within few days as the reagents have been received and shall be made available at the hospital soon. He said the technical staff has been trained and are fully trained to take the samples and perform testing for COVID19.
He said with making the hospital functional, the load on Srinagar hospitals including SKIMS and CD Hospital shall be eased out as till date all the suspects would be referred to Srinagar for testing.
DC Bandipora also said that work is in progress to make the under-construction District Hospital Complex at Nussu Bandipora as a COVID Hospital. He said the work has been started at war footing basis and initially, 100 beds shall be made available.
He said the district administration is geared up to contain COVID – 19 in the district. He said all the basic amenities are being ensured at the quarantine centers, adding that essentials are being supplied to the residents at their doorsteps including in the red zones.
He appealed people to stay home and observe social distancing, as per the advisories and cautioned against rumour-mongering.