Early times Report
Jammu, Oct 24: Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) JK Branch organized a prelude conference on “Management of Pandemics”. Dr Pawan Kotwal Principal Secretary, Revenue, Government of Jammu & Kashmir and also Administrative Coordinator for all non-treatment issues at Hospitals; Dr. Yashpal Sharma, Managing Director, J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited and Director (Coordination), New Medical Colleges, J&K; and Dr. Arun Sharma, Medical Superintendent Super Specialty Hospital & (Maternity) Designated COVID Hospital Gandhinagar, Govt Medical College Jammu were the key resource persons. While speaking during the conference, Dr Pawan Kotwal gave an optimistic perspective with respect to management of pandemics in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir. He said that the doctors and other staff in a span of 6-8 months have learned exponentially about the various challenges and strategies to combat the pandemic. He further informed that the government has taken adequate measures to improve the health infrastructure & facilities across various hospitals across the UT to combat this virus. His strong advocated the need of wearing of masks, washing hands and physical distancing till the time the vaccine is made available. Dr. Yash Pal Sharma in his address said that the Government of Jammu & Kashmir has converted this challenge of pandemic into an opportunity to strengthen its Health Care Institutions to a great extent, which will go a long way in future management of patients and such disasters. Despite various challenges faced during the initial period, the health care infrastructure for management of COVID patients / suspects was improved by establishing 22,644 Isolation beds, 442 ICU beds and 5553 Oxygen supported beds in Category-I, II & III hospitals / COVID Care Centres.