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The health department of Jammu and Kashmir on the instructions of Chief Secretary has decided to go for extensive training of health workers and other volunteers so as to be ready for any possible third wave of covid-19.

Various refresher trainings, online portal trainings, eVINAE cascade trainings, and bridge trainings have been organized to purposefully train the Chief Medical Officers, vaccinators, cold chain handlers, ANMs, ASHA workers, and other block-level healthcare workers.

Special emphasis has been laid to train the healthcare professionals particularly in home isolation tracking, micro containment zone testing and surveillance, symptomatic identification, subsequent referral to higher medical facilities, and operationalization of Panchayat-level COVID care centers.

The Health Department also organized various training on oxygen consumption and management for ICU staff, besides imparting training to hospital-level technicians to suitably operate various oxygen generation plants.

He mentioned the vulnerability of children to COVID infection and urged the Department to roll out suitable training modules for medical and paramedical staff to optimally manage pediatric wards and ICUs, besides developing Divisional Pediatric Centre of Excellence both at GMC Jammu and Srinagar.

The National Health Mission was asked to continue with the COVID-dedicated IEC campaign to generate mass awareness on various preventive measures and COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

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