Coronavirus threat, preparedness:Div Com inspects ground zero arrangements, devises SOPs
Srinagar, Mar 3:
The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today visited Airport
and inspected ground zero arrangements made by the administration to stem the
Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease at initial level. The preparedness and
arrangements are put in place for screening the passengers and tourists which
are arriving daily by air to Srinagar airport.
He was informed
that five Coronavirus help desks have been established at Srinagar Airport with
adequate number of doctors, paramedical staff, Infra-red thermometers, viral
kits, personal protection gears, special ambulances and other equipment.
Commissioner devised Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Airport Authority to announce in all flights that every passenger has to record
travel history at Coronavirus help desks in a prescribed format before leaving
from Coronavirus affected countries should be properly screened and tested at
the help desks, he added.
He directed the
concerned that passengers having symptoms of Coronavirus should be immediately
send to quarantine and the desks should share details to the higher authorities
on hourly basis.
Commissioner inspected all Coronavirus help desks and enquired about the staff
strength, equipment, advisory notes and other measures.
Khan asked Health
Services to augment more staff at help desks with necessary equipment.
He also inspected
Foreigners Registration and Facilitation Counter and issued on spot directions
for outside visitors.
Commissioner alsovisited Maternity Centre, Sanat Nagar which has been converted
into Isolation Hospital.
various ward of the hospital including Microbiology lab, and other rooms to
review arrangements put in places for the treatment of the disease. He directed
the Health authorities to deploy additional and dedicated staff in the Isolation
hospital so that infected patients, if any, get hassle free treatment.
Divisional Commissioner convened a meeting with Senior Officers of Health
institutions to review the preparedness for Coronavirus.
The meeting was
informed that daily surveillance of Respiratory Tract Infection cases including
OPD in ten districts are going on, Rapid Response Teams (RRT) are in place in
every district, samples are being collected and data analyzed, besides
cluster cases are being investigated.
It was further
informed that situation is under control and Health institutions are ready to
combat any exigency.
Commissioner instructed officers of Health Institutions to remain alert and
keep their isolation wards ready to quarantine the infected persons, if any,
across valley. The isolation wards will be established away from the congested
He also asked
Health Services and Principal GMC to launch a campaign with Directorate of
Information & Public Relations (DIPR), Radio, Doordarshan and Private
Channels to educate the masses about precautions to be taken to remain safe
from Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
SMC was also
directed to organize IEC campaign to ensure all protective measures are taken
by the people.
concerned officers to send daily updates to the Div Com office.
Commissioner Budgam Tariq Hussain Ganai, Director Health Services Sameer
Mattoo, Principal GMC Dr Samia Rashid, Joint Director DIPR Haaris Ahmad Handoo,
Regional Director Health & Medical Education and other concerned officials
accompanied the Divisional Commissioner.