mid decline in Covid-19 cases, the health department has ordered resumption of routine surgeries and other healthcare services including outpatient departments in the hospitals across Kashmir.
An order, issued by the government has asked all CMOs, BMOs and medical superintendents to resume OPD, surgeries and other routine healthcare facilities and services in all the health care institutions across Kashmir valley.
“In view of the decline in the number of Covid-19 positive cases reported from across Kashmir Division, drastic decrease in the number of hospital admissions and also as DRDO hospital has come up for Covid-19 patients, it is enjoined upon all Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents & Block Medical Officers under the Administrative control of this Directorate to resume OPD, Surgeries & other routine healthcare facilities / services in all the health institutions under their respective jurisdictions forthwith in the interest of better patient care,” reads the order.
The officials said, the standard operating procedures and guidelines laid down by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from time to time must be adhered to in letter and spirit. Adding thatfew separate well-equipped oxygenated beds should be kept available for emergency purposes including Gynae/Obstetrics and paediatrics.
All OPD services were shut in Kashmir division from April following the upsurge in Covid 19.
As per the health department officials, the decision to resume OPDs has been taken in view of drastic decline in infection cases. “Currently just 201 Covid-19 patients are admitted in Kashmir hospitals— the number was above 2000 just a month ago. Government has designated 3353 oxygen beds for Covid patients of which 201 are occupied and 3074 are vacant which signifies that the situation has improved a lot.”