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59 dead in Jammu and Kashmir; Lt Governor visits GMC to assess situation

59 people dies due to Covid in Jammu and Kashmir whereas 4141 new cases of the infection were reported from the UT on Sunday. 31 people from Jammu whereas 28 from Kashmir division succumbed to Covid.

On the other hand Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha visited Government Medical College, Jammu to review Covid clinical management measures being undertaken by the Hospital administration.

Emphasizing on strengthening the healthcare workforce, the Lt Governor directed for hiring additional Paramedical staff, besides rational utilization of existing resources to ensure effective patient care management.

The Lt Governor directed that at all times, Senior Doctors, Nurses, and Paramedics’ presence in clinical areas to be ensured by Hospital Administration. He also stressed upon optimized supportive care for Covid patients and round-the-clock care by the hospital staff. 

Dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma, Principal & Dean GMC & AH’s Jammu informed the Lt Governor that as many as 250 nurses would join GMC Jammu within three days, substantially adding to the available healthcare workforce.

Laying special emphasis on providing better facilities to the patients, the Lt Governor directed the senior doctors to ensure proper availability of all medicines, nutritious meals, round-the-clock care of patients, food and water for attendants of the patients, and proper entry passes to the attendants.

“Senior doctors should also take the front line in informing people to adopt safe practices and Covid protocol. Seniors must leverage their role as both a doctor, caring & treating patients and a public health advocate containing Covid pandemic”, observed the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor sought the status of two new Oxygen plants which are being set up by the J&K UT administration at GMC Jammu to augment its oxygen capacity.

While reviewing the progress being made for establishing additional 100-bedded Covid ward, the Lt Governor directed the Principal and senior doctors of GMC Jammu to ensure the operationalization of the said facility at the earliest.

The Lt Governor also enquired about Covid care facilities, availability of oxygen support beds, functionality of Oxygen Generation Plants, besides compliance of earlier directions including regular rounds of HoDs and senior doctors in the wards to examine the patients.

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