‘No patient should die due to Oxygen unavailability’
Jammu: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Wednesday called for an audit of oxygen cylinders and ventilators in the Government Medical College Jammu to ensure equitable distribution for needy patients.
He said, even a single death due to alleged unavailability of Oxygen causes tremendous social unrest and negates all the other good work done if any.
“A confidence building message has to go out loud and clear that a premier institution like GMC Jammu will ensure that not a single death occurs on account of Oxygen unavailability”, he said during an urgent high level meeting of administration and medical staff convened by him, at a short notice, in view of disturbing reports emanating from Govt Medical College, Jammu with regard to COVID management facilities.
The meeting was attended by Advisor to LG Sh Bhatnagar, Financial Commissioner, Atal Dullo, Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer, DC Jammu Anshul Garg apart from the Principal, GMC Jammu Dr Shashi Sudan Sharma and others.
Singh said, “community management is a vital component of optimum Covid management and the GMC as well as the administrative authorities should not feel shy of taking the community into confidence and soliciting their cooperation.”
The Union Minister asked about various steps being taken by the administration for augmenting the oxygen capacity of Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu and various District Hospitals across the UT.
In this regard he was informed that two Oxygen Plants each of 1200 lpm capacity have been set up in GMC Jammu. A 1000 lpm Oxygen plant has also been set up in Chest and Diseases Hospital, Jammu.
Further, in Govt. Hospital, Gandhi Nagar another 1000 lpm plant has been set up. In addition to this, two more plants are being set up in GMC Jammu to augment its oxygen capacity.
With regard to the buffer stocks of Oxygen cylinders Dr Singh was informed that presently buffer stock of 400 cylinders was present in GMC Jammu.
While commending the steps being taken to augment the oxygen capacity of hospitals Dr Singh called for audit of oxygen capacity as well as ventilators in the UT so that no lives should be lost for want of critical care.
He further expressed his support to Administration and Hospital Staff for fighting the battle against Covid and saving precious lives of people
Dr Singh instructed the Divisional Commissioner to post one Mechanical Engineer and one Biomedical Engineer in GMC to exclusively look after the upkeep of Oxygen supply so that the patient’s attendants or nurses don’t have to undergo the ordeal of struggling to maintain oxygen supply.
He asked for a regular issue of medical bulletin by the authorities and keeping public representatives informed about what is being done by the GMC.
He also reviewed the situation of the ventilators to handle critical patients.
In this regard it was informed that around 60 ventilators and Respirators were being provided to GMC Jammu.
He urged the GMC Doctors to surrender their private rooms/chambers in Chopra Nursing Home so that the same could be converted into COVID chambers.