Private Hospitals across Kashmir asked to set up oxygen generation plants

CMOs to give details on water connections at Sub-Centres

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, July 29: Keeping in view a possible third wave of the COVID-19 and the preparations to deal with it, the Health Department in Kashmir has asked the District Health Officers to ensure that the private hospitals are equipped with oxygen generation plants.
In this regard, a letter has been written to all the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) in the districts across Kashmir, directing them to identify the private hospital with more than 50-bed capacity and ensure that they have the required oxygen generation plants put in place.
The CMO has been asked to immediately convey the directions to the private hospitals so that the needful is done in this regard. It is to be noted here that the directions have come in the light of a notification that was issued by the Health & Medical Education Department directing that all the Clinical Establishments in the UT with the capacity of more than 50 beds to establish oxygen generation plants.
You are requested to convey the concerned Private Health institutions under your jurisdiction which are having more than 50 beds capacity to establish the oxygen generation plants of appropriate capacity for the facility of patient care under the intimidation of this office.” reads the letter.
However, the official said that there is hardly any such private hospital in the Kashmir division with a bed capacity of more than 50; however, they said that the same has been done to make sure that such healthcare facilities, if any, are equipped with the oxygen generation facility.
At the same time, the Directorate in a separate letter to all the CMOs has sought information regarding the availability of water connections in Sub-Centres across the Kashmir Division while marking the matter as most urgent.
The details that have been sought are the District, the concerned Block, location of the sub-centre and whether the water connection is available or not.