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COVID-19 mitigation measures: DC Kargil reviews vaccination strategy, availability of patient care facilities, testing, surveillance measures

Kargil, May 21, 2021: In order to take stock of the COVID-19 mitigation measures in the district including the surveillance, screening, testing, stock position of medicines, testing kits, oxygen supply and demand, vaccination strategy and supply, labour management, provision of free ration to beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) and other related aspects, Deputy Commissioner/District Magistrate and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil convened a meeting of the concerned officers at DC Office Kargil here today.

During the course of the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner while inquiring from the concerned officers about the status of the stocking of COVID-19 logistics and medicines for 4 months directed to take necessary measures in this regard.

DC Santosh Sukhadeve directed the Chief Medical Officer Kargil to ensure that face shields are provided to frontline and health workers at the earliest possible. He also directed the ACD Kargil to further strengthen the level of coordination between the field functionaries of Rural Development and the PRI members to enhance the intensity of surveillance in the rural pockets of the district.

The Deputy Commissioner was informed that recently 12000 doses of vaccines have arrived and majority of the health care workers have been vaccinated.

DC Santosh Sukhadeve directed that the Healthcare Workers and 45 plus age group should be saturated, and 100 per cent vaccination must be achieved under these categories. He also stressed that there should be least wastage of vaccines and concrete measures should be taken to reduce the positivity rate below 5%.

While underlining the need to intensify testing to identify COVID-19 cases, the Deputy Commissioner  said that the testing ratio should be increased at all major towns and strict checks and measures should be done to check the fake tests at entry points.

The DC also directed the Assistant Labour Commissioner Kargil to ensure the provision of proper ration and healthcare and hygiene facilities to labourers in the labour camps and quarantine centres of BRO, GREF, private contractors and other concerned agencies. He also stressed that ration kits should be provided to needy labourers without fail.

Meanwhile, regarding the COVID-19 related logistics, the Deputy Commissioner was informed that 21000 RNA kits, 26000 RT-PCR kits, 2200 Trunat kits, 2130 CBNAAT kits, 34150 RAT kits and 53921 VTM are in stock.

Further, regarding the block wise achievement of COVID-19 vaccination in Kargil under the 60 years age group, the meeting was informed that 87% in case of the 1st dose and 92% in case of the 2nd dose has been achieved, adding under 45-60 age group with co-morbidities 89% achievement has been recorded in case of the 1st dose and 40% in case of 2nd dose. It was further given out that 88% vaccination has been completed in case of the 1st dose for the 45-59 years age group with non-comorbidities. 

Regarding the status of COVID beds at different hospitals, CHCs and PHCs of the district, it was informed that at present there is a capacity of a total of 312 beds including 164 beds supported with oxygen concentrators, 100 non-ICU beds and 48 ICU beds.

Pertaining to the availability of oxygen supply, the meeting was informed that addition to the 80,18,500 litres oxygen available plus 263 oxygen concentrators, 2 oxygen plants with a capacity of 500 LPM each are also functional.

The meeting was also informed that there are 66 ICU ventilators, 14 portable and 18 HFNOs besides 2 Paediatric Ventilators and 12 HFNOs have also been added recently.

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