District Development Commissioner (DDC) Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal today chaired a meeting of the Health Department to discuss the fresh SOPs, guidelines relating to revision of protocol with regard to management of Covid-19 positive patients.

While addressing the meeting, the DDC stressed on strict compliance of new guidelines prescribed under new SOPs.

The new SOPs have been issued with regard to isolation, discharge and home quarantine of confirmed COVID-19 cases and as per new guidelines all asymptomatic contacts of Covid-19 cases will be allowed home quarantine.

While any asymptomatic person in contact with Covid-19 positive patients will be tested on the 6th day of the contact, if the test of the contact returns positive, then the defined protocol for covid-19 shall be followed in letter and spirit.

The CMO briefed the DDC about new SOPs, guidelines and other parameters to be followed besides other mitigation efforts taken by the Health Department.

The DDC while addressing the meeting said that under new SOPs the concerned teams shall first decide whether a person is eligible for home quarantine and then ensure that the concerned patient shall have all suitable arrangements available at his home including separate washroom and bedroom etc.

It is further to be looked into whether the caregiver of the concerned patient has all the facilities available to look after such kind of patient.

During the meeting the DDC directed CMO to formulate a comprehensive plan to ensure that sufficient numbers of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) are available in all blocks of the district in addition aggressive testing of symptomatic patients is done so that timely tracing of any affected person can be made possible.

BMOs were directed to ensure that all concerned medical staff involved in Covid-19 care duty in their respective blocks are provided with sufficient quantities of Pulse Oximeters, thermometers and other allied equipment besides regular health status monitoring of such patients.

Among others, the meeting was attended by ADC Ganderbal, Farooq Ahmad Baba, CMO, DHO, BMOs, all Tehsildars and paramedical staff.