Leverage all resources to curb Covid in Kupwara: Ramzan

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Apr 28: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference today urged the district administration to rise up to the exigencies thrown by the spike of COVID-19 infections and ensure availability of all critical COVID-19 care drugs, Oxygen beds, vaccines and testing kits across all health facilities in district Kupwara.
While expressing concern over the problems faced by the people in the frontier district of Kupwara, Party’s senior leader and former legislator Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan demanded flip in the efforts and response underway by the district administration to tackle with the crisis like situation.
Choudhary, who has been receiving SOS calls from across the district urged the district administration to give boost to the availability of critical care gadgets, medicines, vaccines and Testing kits at district hospital Kupwara, and other seven sub-district hospitals, primary health care PHC/MMC centers, New type PHCs, District TB centers, Urban health centers and mobile medical aid centers across the district.
“The need of the hour calls for a multi-step plan to curb COVID-19 spread. The strategy should include increasing testing at an exponential rate with a higher share of RT PCR test. The screening tool should be made thickly available across the district. Effective isolation highly equipped with all critical care machines also needs to be upgraded to cater to the increased patient flow, such facilities could be set up in various government buildings. The measure will ease out burden from government hospitals,” he said.
Emphasizing on the targeted approach of vaccination, he said the universalization of vaccination could be achieved by involving community leaders. “People have reservations about the vaccination. Rushing mobile vans across the district particularly the uppers reaches and border areas will help in achieving the target,” he added.
Expressing concern over the glitches, he said the administration is duty bound to ensure availability of adequate staff and vaccines including testing kits at all health centers, which he said have unfortunately been left unattended. “The local staff is doing a good job; but it is the short fall of required kits, critical drugs and other essentials medicines, which is hampering the treatment, testing as well as vaccination drive. The morale of our COVID warriors is high in these difficult times,” he said.