SRINAGAR, August 19: Detailed Project Reports have been submitted to the government for installation of a high oxygen plant in every district of Kashmir.
An official told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service that authorities have identified major hospitals where the oxygen plants will be installed.
The Divisional Commissioner has directed officers to arrange and maintain the availability of high flow oxygen supply to dedicated COVID Hospitals in each district for a minimum of 100 beds.
A government document accessed by news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) reveals that authorities are installing a high flow oxygen manifold gas plant system. As per the document, the Divisional Commissioner has been told that DPRs have been submitted and the process is on fast-track basis.
Amid rise in COVID-19 cases, Kashmir is short of required isolation beds with oxygen for treatment of coronavirus patents.
As administration confronts with shortage of beds and staff in hospitals amid COVID-19, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed district administrations to refer only those patients to Srinagar who require tertiary care.
There has been a sudden rise in the coronavirus cases for the last few weeks and hospitals are not able to accommodate all these patients in Srinagar.
Administration has put concerned authorities on alert that there may be need for more hospitals for COVID-19 patients.
At the same time, administration has directed all district administrations to avoid unnecessary referrals to Srinagar hospitals.
A government advisory says that the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19 is by maintaining physical distance of at least 2 meter from others, frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and water and following good respiratory etiquette and hygiene.
As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.
The advisory says early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so we need to be responsible for the well-being of ourselves and everyone around us. “Not disclosing symptoms could put the life of individuals and their families at risk. In case of symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing report early. Do not fear, call COVID-19 helpline numbers and seek medical advice”.
Advisory has further exhorted upon the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent hand washing with soap and water.”