Establishment of Isolation facility in Panchayats: DC Kishtwar discusses modalities with PRIs

Kishtwar: Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, Ashok Sharma, today held a day long interactive meeting with the PRI members and the concerned officers here at the block headquarter Paddar to discuss the modalities for establishment of 5-bedded isolation facility in each Panchayat as ordered by the Jammu Kashmir. Lieutenant Governor.

BDC chairman Arpan Singh Rana; DDC member Hari Krishan; ACD, Kishore Singh Katoch; SDM Paddar Varunjeet Singh Charak; Tehsildar Paddar Major Singh; BDO Paddar G N Affaqi; BMO Paddar Dr Raj Kumar besides other PRI members of the block attended the meeting.

At the outset, the DC Kishtwar apprised the house that the district administration, on the direction of LG is going to gear up for the establishment of 5-bedded COVID isolation facility at each panchayat to strengthen health infrastructure in rural areas for the effective tackling of the COVID 19 pandemic.

He further informed that 5-bedded isolation facility at each Panchayat will have One Oxygen-Supported Bed for immediate patient care.

He asked all the PRI members and the concerned officers to work in coordination and ensure the identification of the buildings with adequate accommodation facilities for the establishment of the well-equipped COVID isolation facility .

Panchayat ghars, community halls, or Schools could be utilized for creation of facilities in consultation with nearest Health Centre and Panchayat representatives, he said.

He further informed that these facilities will be equipped with necessary medical kit and linked to nearest health centres & Tele-medicine facilities.

The Panchayats shall use upto Rs One Lakh available with them for creation of isolation facilities including beds, purchase of oxygen cylinder, and creation of toilet & other basic facilities.

The meeting was further informed that this basic minimum infrastructure shall be created to provide isolation facility at Panchayat level as many households may not have option for isolation of Covid positive patients in their own residence.

He directed BMO Paddar to provide logistics and training to ASHA and Aanganwadi workers in manning these centres. Besides ASHA, Anganwadi Workers, Sarpanches & Panches shall act as a village health committee, which shall ensure healthcare facilities including regular visit of doctors. Volunteers shall also be roped in for testing and upkeep of such facilities.

The persons needing isolation shall be identified by the Panchayats/ concerned Medical Staff / ASHA Workers/ members of Panchayat, Gram Sabha of the area, added the DC.

Special focus shall be laid on managing Covid at rural level with enhanced surveillance, screening, isolation, and referral, he said.

He further urged the PRIs for the community mobilization and awareness generation on Covid-19 management, behaviour change, communication and Covid vaccination of priority groups in local languages.

He added that the PRIs can play a major role in preventive measures, supporting the families and maintaining coordination with medical and administrative officers.

The DC directed SDM Paddar and BMO Paddar to work in tandem to scale up the Testing in the area and establish referral linkage with dedicated Covid health centres and ensure the enforcement of the corona curfew in the area.

Meanwhile DC Kishtwar also inspected the developmental works in the area and directed the executing agencies to expedite the pace of work.

BDO Paddar was asked to take up the work for the upgradation of the Bus stand Gulabgarh on immediate basis.

En-route, the DC Kishtwar inspected health care facility and duty roster at PHC Keru.