SRINAGAR — Amid the surge in fresh COVID-19 cases across Jammu and Kashmir, the occupancy of high-flow oxygen beds is increasing subsequently in north Kashmir districts, officials said on Friday.
In recent days, Bandipora, Baramulla, and Kupwara have witnessed a huge jump in COVID-19 positive cases.
The Nodal Officers appointed to handle the situation in the districts said that the figure of occupancy of high-flow oxygen supported beds is increasing with the surge in cases.
Naveed Altaf, Nodal Officer for COVID-19 in Baramulla, said that the entire district has 5 per cent of the total active positive cases requiring high-flow oxygen.
“We have doubled the bed capacity with oxygen support. Earlier, there were 364 of them after the oxygen plant at Government Medical College (GMC) Baramulla was made functional. Around 100 beds were added while 40 more beds will come up in the coming days for which the work is under process,” he said.
He said that one more oxygen plant has been made functional in Sopore and 80 beds have been prepared there as well for COVID-19 positive patients.
He informed that all the local health centres across the district will have low-flow oxygen supported beds for which a total of 200 beds are scheduled to be prepared and around 100 have already been prepared for the easy access of patients.
Naveed said that patients who do not require high-flow oxygen anymore are moved back to the health centres at their respective jurisdictions for low-flow oxygen support.
“This step results in less occupancy of high-flow oxygen supported beds for which special teams have been constituted to keep a check at their patients,” he said.
He also informed that 56 beds with high-flow oxygen support are occupied at GMC Baramulla while 64 are still vacant.
Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, Nodal Officer for COVID-19 in Kupwara, said that the occupancy of high-flow oxygen supported beds is increasing with each passing day.
“We have only one COVID-19 designated hospital, which is Sub District Hospital (SDH) Kupwara, across the district but there is capacity at different locations as well,” he said.
Sheikh said 67 COVID-19 positive patients are on high-flow oxygen support at SDH Kupwara.
About the remote areas like Machil, Keran, and Karnah sector, he said that all the patients are referred to SDH Kupwara.
“If the patients require high-flow oxygen support in these remote areas, all of them are referred to COVID-19 designated hospitals by the concerned Rapid Response Teams (RRTs),” he said.
Earlier, officials in Bandipora informed that a total of 600 oxygen-supported beds have been prepared in the entire district and the work was underway to increase bed capacity as per the requirement.
In Bandipora, an official informed that two COVID-19 designated facilities including district hospital as level-3 and at Pazalpora as level-2 have been prepared where the patients so far requiring high-flow oxygen have not come in bulk rather are given oxygen support at level-2 only. (KNO)