Govt set to establish ten 12-bedded hybrid, 13 maternal ICUs across Kashmir

Irfan Tramboo
Srinagar, Nov 21: In a bid to improve the critical care as well as maternal care across Kashmir hospitals, Government is all set to establish ten 12-bedded hybrid Intensive Care Units (ICUs) as well as 13 maternal ICUs under Emergency COVID Response Package-II (ECRP) which have been already approved.
While the work for the establishment of the same is in the pipeline, the Health & Medical Education (H&ME) Department has begun with the process of getting the required manpower ready to operate the to-be-established Critical Care Units across the Kashmir Division.
As per details available with Excelsior, 12 bedded hybrid ICUs will be established at District Hospitals of Bandipora, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Handwara, Pulwama and Shopian.
In Srinagar, one 12-bedded hybrid ICU will be set up at JLNM Hospital Rainawari while in Anantnag as well as in Baramulla, the same will be set up at Anantnag and Baramulla GMCs.
In addition to the establishment of hybrid ICUs at 10 spots across Kashmir, the Government is also planning to set up one such ICU at the newly established 500-bedded Paediatric Hospital at Bemina in Srinagar.
Further, the officials also said that with regard to maternal ICUs that the department is planning to set up, two such ICUs are going to come up in Srinagar district, one at GMC Srinagar with a capacity of 25 beds and the second one at JLNM Hospital Rainawari with a capacity of 10 beds.
Similarly, in Anantnag, the proposed maternal ICUs are going to come up at GMC, Anantnag and CHC Bijbehara with a capacity of 10 maternal ICU beds each, taking the strength of ICU beds to 20 in the district.
In Baramulla, the ICUs are going to come up at GMC, Baramulla, as well as SDH Sopore and, are going to have the capacity of 10, 20 ICU beds respectively which will take the strength of ICU beds in the district to 30.
In Bandipora, the maternal ICUs are going to come up at District Hospital Bandipora with a capacity of 10 beds, similarly, in Budgam, the ICU beds have been proposed to come up at District Hospital Budgam with a capacity of 10 beds while District Hospitals of Ganderbal, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pulwama and Shopian are set to get the maternal ICUs with a capacity of 10 beds each.
Overall, Kashmir Division is going to have 120 operational hybrid ICU beds across Kashmir and at the same time, there will be 155 maternal ICUs beds available for effective patient care across the Valley.
The officials said that the establishment of the hybrid as well as maternal ICUs across Kashmir is a big step and is going to improve critical patient care, particularly maternal care.
It has also been learned that a Nodal Officer for the establishment of Intensive Care Units (ICUs), Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) has already been appointed and the rest of the work in this regard will follow in time to come.