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LG Sinha visits SMHS, finds shortage of staff in COVID wards; orders immedate hiring

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Srinagar: To get first hand appraisal of the facilities available for the COVID and Non-COVID patients, the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha paid a visit to the SMHS Hospital on Saturday.

 The Lt Governor took round of various sections of the hospital including Emergency, Indoor wards and other sections wherein he interacted with doctors and paramedical staff of the hospital and took stock of the interventions made by the hospital administration while dealing with the ongoing pandemic COVID-19 as well the Non-COVID patient care.


The LG, as per government spokesperson, Rohit Kansal, noticed shortage of ward staff in isolation wards and directed for immediate appointment of 200 nursing orderlies.

“Hon LG visits SMHS hospital; reviews COVID situation. On noticing shortage of ward staff in isolation wards, directs immediate appointment, on short term basis, of 200 nursing orderlies (100 each for Kashmir and Jammu) to attend to COVID patients in isolation,” Kansal tweeted.

The LG also enquired about the healthcare facilities and available infrastructure including necessary life-saving equipments like availability of isolation beds, ventilators, oxygen supply and other machinery required for treatment.

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 The Lt Governor directed the Health functionaries for maintaining proper care and hygiene, besides following all the SOP’s while dealing with the patients.

 He observed that the Non-COVID patients also require necessary attention, besides isolated and segregated facilities should also be maintained along with adherence to the precautionary protocol during their treatment.

The Lt Governor asked the Hospital Administration to allow the attendants of the patients only as per the SOP’s. He also enquired about the well-being of the staff looking after the COVID ward and interacted with the patients and their attendants.

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Taking note of the possibility of shortage of Oxygen supply in future, he directed for making the necessary provisions for ensuring the uninterrupted oxygen supply well in advance.

Lauding the valuable work being done by the COVID Warriors, the Lt Governor stressed on taking all requisite measures to ensure the safety of doctors and paramedics who are directly dealing with COVID positive patients.

He called for bringing more improvement in the functioning of the hospitals for ensuring best healthcare facilities to the patients to make health care system of J&K best in the country.

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He was accompanied by  Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education;  Pandurang K. Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir; Dr Samia Rashid, Principal, Government Medical College, Srinagar and other senior officers.