Various exercises held on minimizing disaster effects
Srinagar, Nov 01: In furtherance to its efforts towards disaster management, the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) observed November 1 as ‘Disaster Preparedness Day’ wherein various exercises on minimizing the affect of any Disaster were carried out. This comes in the backdrop of the recently convened meeting by Director Health Services, Kashmir Dr. Saleem ur Rehman with the all the Chief Medical Officers and Medical Superintendents of Kashmir Division, wherein the Director Health stressed the need of being prepared to tackle any type of Disaster or Disaster like situations and had directed the Administrators to conduct various preparedness activities and mock drills in order to achieve maximum level of preparedness.
In addition, the DHSK now onwards is going to observe 1st November as Disaster Preparedness Day every year in the department whereby the Health personnel will develop the sense of roles and responsibilities that every individual health personnel has to fulfill in case of any disaster or disaster like situations. In this context, today DHSK organized and conducted various workshops with regard to Disaster Preparedness like Fire Mock Drills, Basic Life Support Training, Handling of Medical Emergency (Pre & Post Hospital Care), handling of Critical Care Ambulances and Code Yellow & Code Blue drills in various districts of the valley. The Fire Mock Drills were conducted in collaboration with Fire & Emergency Services Department.
Director Health Services, Kashmir while appreciating the efforts of Chief Medical Officers & Medical Superintendents stressed the need to be effectively prepared to face any disaster or disaster like situation as the Health Department is one of the first responders and also said that the Department will strictly observe this day as Disaster Preparedness day. He also thanked the Fire & Emergency Department for their support. (KNS)