Srinagar, Dec 2: Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather today directed the health officials of the districts to keep the hospitals on the ready mode in case of any eventuality in the wake of the new COVID variant.
The directions were passed during a meeting with Health officials including Chief Medical Officers, NHM officials, Medical Superintendents of hospitals to discuss the Covid-19 scenario
A spokesperson of the Directorate of Health Services said that the Director reviewed all the Covid-19 related arrangements and discussed measures being put in place because of the Covid variant Omicron, classified as a Variant of Concern by the WHO.
“He directed all the Chief Medical Officers and Medical Superintendents to remain in an alert situation and keep the hospitals in a ready mode in case of any kind of eventuality,” the spokesperson said.
The Director directed the officials to keep at least 20 beds available in district hospitals and keep the Covid-19 related supplies available in hospitals for any kind of eventuality.
Dr Mushatq stressed on IEC activities and awareness should be increased among the general public and said that adherence to SOPs, Covid Appropriate Behaviour, social distancing and wearing of masks are the first line of defence of any kind of variant.
The director appealed to the general public to follow the SOPS besides other precautionary measures to help contain the virus spread. He focused on testing and directed the hospital administrators that testing should be increased.