Srinagar, May 6: All elective and routine surgeries in Government and Private health institutions in the Kashmir valley have been deferred till further orders, an official spokesman said on Thursday evening.
He said Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, P K Pole issued order for defering of elective, routine surgeries in Health institutions till further orders in view of Covid Pandemic in Kashmir Division.
The prevailing situation demands optimal utilisation of available resources so that existing infrastructure and healthcare are not over stretched to the hilt, the order said.
The order further said that the main focus of healthcare system at this juncture is management of covid-19 positive cases and majority of resources of health care at present have been diverted to covid-19 management.
”It is hereby ordered, in view of these facts and till further orders, all elective and routine surgeries in Government and Private health institutions are deferred unless there are pressing and dire medical exigencies and benefits of such procedures outweigh risk related to covid 19 situation and its fallout,” order stated.
However, emergency services, critical care required for co-morbid patients, dialysis patients, Once Surgeries and MCH services shall continue as usual.
The Districts Magistrates, District Disaster Management Authorities, Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of concerned districts shall conduct random inspections and audits of health care institutions to enforce the compliance of this order under the extent rules with in their jurisdiction.
The order shall be reviewed periodically based on the evolving Covid-19 situation.