Winter Preparedness: DHSK urges officials to mobilize, gear up resources better patient care

Sinagar, Oct 22 (KNS): Directorate of Health Services Kashmir on Saturday urged all Chief Medical officers, Medical Superintendents and Block Medical Officers to mobilize and gear up all resources in advance in terms of doctors, paramedics, availability of drugs in sufficient quantity so that the patients will not have to face any problem in the winter season. 

In this regard, a circular issued by DHSK reads, a copy of which lies with KNS: "In view of early starting of winter (cold weather) in Kashmir Division, all the Chief Medical Officers/Medical Superintendents/Block Medical Officers are hereby impressed upon to mobilize & gear-up all resources in advance in terms of Doctors, Paramedics, availability of drugs in sufficient quantity, readiness of fleet of Ambulances, ensuring power backup & arrangements in all Government Health Care Institutions across the valley, so that the patients coming to the Health Care Institutions are managed, so as to avoid any referrals to Tertiary Care Hospitals, especially when all the roads remain cut off during snow in valley,".

"Besides, follow the directions already circulated by this Directorate in letter & spirit regarding setting-up of Control Rooms at District Headquarters as well as at Block level to manage any eventuality, that may arise and ensure that all the drugs are available in all the hospitals, availability of Doctors & Paramedical staff in the hospital 24x7," it added. 

"Further, it may also be ensured that the border /hard to reach areas, which remain cut off during winters have adequate medicines supplies/emergency drugs/oxygen cylinders, in order to meet any eventuality and also ensure that maximum staff posted there belong to that area," said. 

"Moreover, they will also ensure that necessary arrangements like placing of curtains on Doors and Windows in Government Health facilities, covering of Windows with polythene wherever needed to keep the hospital warm," the order said.(KNS)

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