GANDERAL, AUGUST 14: Inspection team of Divisional Control Room (DCR) comprising of Additional Deputy Commissioner to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Shrikant Balasaheb Suse and Nodal Officer COVID-19, Testing labs Dr. Jitendra Mehta today visited Ganderbal and chaired a meeting with the Health Department to have first-hand appraisal of COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the district.
During the meeting a threadbare discussion was held on mitigation efforts put up by the district administration and health department to combat COVID-19 pandemic in the district.
They also took stock of availability of Covid medicines, oxygen cylinders, status of Rapid Antigen Tests, composition of surveillance teams, availability of beds and other related facilities in the district.
The Incharge District Covid Control Room informed that 455 positive cases have recovered out of 821 positive cases in the district besides, 256 positive cases are in Home Isolation and 57 are admitted at JNV, Hatbura Covid Care Centre.
The Visiting Officers lauded the efforts of the district administration and appreciated the health officials for their commitment in combating COVID-19 in the district.
They stressed on Health Officials to focus on patients in home isolation and home quarantine for their effective recovery and emphasized on proper monitoring of these patients, their regular thermal checkups and sensitization on following the Covid-19 protocol religiously.
While reviewing the status of Rapid Antigen Test in the district, it was informed that Rapid Antigen Testing was started on July 31, 2020 and till date 2436 tests are done out of which 226 are positive cases.
While underscoring the importance of aggressive testing for early medical intervention they asked the concerned to work out a Red Zone testing strategy and emphasized on aggressive contact tracing of Covid patients and said that Rapid Antigen Test can be used for securing a red zone by testing all probable contacts of patients and vulnerable population in the area.
The inspection team urged on concerned to strictly implement home quarantine guidelines for asymptomatic patients and ensure that they are free of co-morbidity and provided with Oximeters for daily checkup of their saturation level, before being sent to home quarantine, besides using Arogya Setu app to monitor their status.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, Additional Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Farooq Ahmad Baba, CMO Ganderbal, DHO, BMOs, Incharge District Covid Control Room and other concerned officials.