Asks NGOs VOs to come forward for helping needy
Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Apr 29: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir today said that administration is ready to meet any exigency which arises due to current COVID-19 pandemic.
While addressing a press conference at DIPR Auditorium, he said that SKIMS Soura is the AIIMS of the Valley and is tackling the novel challenges of the Novel Corona virus. He said that the Institution is playing main role in fighting the pandemic and has treated 150 COVID-19 patients and is conducting 700 to 800 Civid-19 tests daily. The Health Services department is working hard to meet the requirement of N-95 masks and personal protection kits.”
“In Srinagar district pregnant women have to reach JLNM Rainawari for COVID-19 sampling. If result comes negative, then she will be admitted at LD hospital and if the test is positive then such patient has to stay at JLNM hospital for treatment and doctors will take all precautionary measures on case to case basis.
In other districts, same procedure will follow for positive cases to be admitted in COVID-19 hospitals and negative cases at non-Covid health institutions. For Red Zones, birth plan of all pregnant women had already been made by concerned ASHA workers in the valley. Samples will be taken from pregnant women for COVID-19 testing on priority and on case to case basis besides concerned ASHA workers will watch the ladies closely,” he added.
Pole assured the journalists that the COVID-19 has not spread in community and the authorities are working dedicatedly on contact tracing, sampling and treatment round the clock.
Besides talk shows are being conducted to ease the mental stress, regarding physical fitness and home remedies to boost immunity and other health advisories for people because 95% population are staying at their homes, he added.
He said that agriculture activities have already started In rural areas across the valley. Daily 30 to 40 trucks transport apples from cold stores to the outside mandis and till date 12000 metric tonnes have been imported. MGNREGA, PHE, I&FC, Power sector works have also started as per Advisory.
For stranded persons of Valley, Pole said that government is working on this issue and proper action will be taken after the issuance of central guidelines.
On the occasion, Director SKIMS informed that institution has conducted 730 COVID-19 tests today, out of which six came positive. Till today 8131 tests have been conducted in which 7072 tested negative and 320 positive, which speaks the volume of tests being conducted in SKIMS. The Institute is the first in the whole J&K UT to start COVID-19 testing.
Principal, GMC, Prof Samia Rashid, informed that 5500 patients were treated in LD, OPD with adequate number of tests while 1000 patients per day visited SMHS, OPD for treatment. CD hospital is dedicated for COVID-19 cases with 120 bed capacity and high end ventilators. Regular 70 to 80 patients visited the super specialty hospital for chemo therapy and other treatments.
Director Health Services, Dr Sameer Mattoo also informed the media regarding preparedness and arrangements in place for the COVID-19 patients.
OSD NHM Owais Ahmad, VC SDA & OSD Vikas Kundal, Nodal Officer Dr Waseem Qureshi, Joint Director Information, Haaris Ahmad Handoo and other concerned officials were present in the Press Conference.
Asks NGOs VOs to come forward for helping needy
Meanwhile, in view of current situation of COVID-19 pandemic, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today made fervent appeal to the NGOs and voluntary organizations active in Kashmir division to come forward to help the needy by augmenting the measures taken by the government in this regard.
He also framed Divisional Level Cell (DLC), headed by a senior KAS officer, for uniformity, better coordination between the NGOs, voluntary organizations and the administration both at the district as well as the divisional level for efficient delivery of relief work in current situation of pandemic unleashed by the COVID-19. Daily monitoring of activities are also being undertaken at the divisional level.
According to latest data provided by Kashmir Division NGO Coordination Cell, at present 97 NGOs are working in Kashmir division in active collaboration with divisional administration.
These NGOs and Voluntary Organizations in collaboration with administrative authorities have distributed more than 7300 food kits to the needy families, 14400 masks and 1670 PPE kits across the valley. Besides, some NGOs have carried out extensive fumigation in various areas and a number of logistic items needed to combat the COVID 19 have also been donated, which is helping the government machinery in managing the deadly disease, besides carrying out awareness programmes.
Some of the NGOs actively working in collaboration with divisional and district administration are Syed us Sadat Foundation, Anantnag, Chinar International Foundation, Srinagar, Babul Uloom Educational Society, Srinagar, Rehmat-lil-Aalameen Society, Shopian, Spring Buds Educational Trust, Budgam, Ramzana Educational Charitable Society Pulwama, Human Aid Society, Baramulla and Hope Disability Centre, Ganderbal, have made significant contributions.
Syed us Saadat Foundation, Anantnag has transferred Rs. 16,50,000 to 670 needy families as on 20 April, 2020 besides, undertaking installation of additional tap points in district hospital for hand wash purposes and repair of water filtration plant in the district hospital.
Rehmat lil Aalameen Society, Shopian has been providing meals at quarantine centers since day one and has provided ration kits to more than 350 families besides providing one ambulance, 18 oxygen concentrators, one CTG machine and six wheel chairs.
Spring Buds Educational Trust, Budgam has distributed more than 1300 food kits among needy families.
Chinar International Foundation, Srinagar has distributed more than 650 food kits to needy families, besides providing personal hygiene items.
Babul Uloom Educational Society has provided more than 200 complete food kits to needy families in the Srinagar vicinity.
HopeDisability Centre, Ganderbal has provided 450 food kits to needy families in addition to masks, PPE kits and sanitizers.
Human Aid Society, Baramulla has been generating public awareness from 24 March, 2020 besides providing food kits to 80 needy families and 2000 masks.
Ramazan Educational Charitable Society, Pulwama has provided 1000 surgical masks and more than 300 food kits to needy families besides, distributing masks and sanitizers.
The NGO’s and Voluntary Organizations have been requested to contact the Kashmir Division NGO Coordination Cell on mobile number 9419024133 and 7006414736, in case they face any difficulties in carrying out their operations.