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Covid-19 positive cases are showing an upward trend in Jammu and Kashmir especially in the valley. As the number of patients have increased, it has brought huge pressure on the covid designated hospitals in Kashmir.

In such a scenario, the authorities have decided to change the Sop’s in order to minimize takeoff covid suspected patients. Despite re-imposition of lockdown on the eve of Eid, the authorities have failed to flatten the curve and bring coronavirus cases under control.

Recently in a high level meeting UT administration of Jammu and Kashmir took a number of crucial decisions on how to control the intake of patients to the hospitals.

In this direction in a significant decision with regard to management of COVID-19 patients and in line with the earlier decision of reserving four tertiary hospitals in Srinagar as referral centers, the three tertiary hospitals in Jammu city shall now also be only referral hospitals for COVID-19 admissions. This was decided in a meeting chaired by the JK Chief Secretary, to review COVID-19 mitigation measures in Jammu and Kashmir.

With an aim to maintain availability of beds in tertiary hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir for acute COVID-19 cases who require specialized treatment or intensive care, it was decided in the meeting, on the lines of the decision declaring SKIMS, Srinagar, SKIMS, Medical College, Bemina, Chest Diseases Hospital and SMHS Hospital as referral only hospitals for COVID-19 patients, to institute a similar mechanism in Jammu city and declare GMC, Jammu, CD Hospital and ASCOMS, Sidhra as referral only hospitals for COVID-19 patients.

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