“The health department will step up COVID-related training for health professionals and frontline workers”


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Srinagar: Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today chaired a meeting to review preparations put in place to alleviate the COVID situation in Jammu and Kashmir through extensive COVID-related training.

So far, Jammu and Kashmir has vaccinated 77% of its eligible population by administering more than 1 crore in doses with no reported cases of serious complications.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education, GAD Commissioner / Secretary, CEO Ayushman Bharat, Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM), Director of Family Welfare, as well as relevant officers participated in the meeting.

It has been informed that to contain the spread of COVID and mitigate the disease, Jammu and Kashmir has adopted a robust mechanism for appropriate training of associated workforce based on the operational guidelines of the Ministry of Health. and Indian Government Family Welfare. In-depth training on the fundamentals of infection prevention; donning and doffing of PPE kits; disinfection of surfaces; vaccination protocols; vaccination for pregnant and lactating women; and the management of biomedical waste have been passed on to health professionals in a progressive manner.

To date, 7,262 vaccinators and medical advisers have been trained during 203 training sessions organized throughout the Union. In addition, various refresher training, online portal training, eVINAE cascade training and bridge training were organized to purposefully train chief physicians, vaccinators, cold chain managers, MNAs, ASHA agents. and other health workers at the block level.

Particular emphasis was placed on training health professionals, in particular in monitoring home isolation, testing and monitoring microzones of containment, identifying symptoms, and subsequently referral to higher medical establishments and the operationalization of COVID care centers at the Panchayat level.

In addition, the Department of Health has also conducted various trainings on oxygen consumption and management for intensive care personnel, in addition to providing training for hospital-level technicians to properly operate various generation plants. oxygen.

The Chief Secretary mentioned the vulnerability of children to COVID infection and urged the department to deploy appropriate training modules for medical and paramedical staff to optimally manage pediatric wards and intensive care units, in addition to developing a divisional pediatric center of excellence at both GMC Jammu and Srinagar.

In addition, the National Health Mission has been requested to continue the IEC campaign dedicated to COVID to educate the masses on the various preventive measures and appropriate behavior for COVID.

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