As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in J&K, the Health and Medical Education Department would start coronavirus testing labs in all five newly established medical colleges, officials said.
Financial Commissioner of Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo said in view of rise in coronavirus cases they are in a process to start the testing facilities in all the new medical colleges across Jammu Kashmir.
He said the testing lab at GMC Kathua would be started soon as it had applied for ICMR permission while Anantnag and Baramulla medical colleges are also in an advanced stage to start the testing.
“Rajouri and Doda medical colleges will also start the testing soon,” Dulloo said adding that the additional labs would help in testing more and more people.
“There is an issue of manpower which is lacking in the newly-established medical colleges. But, I think they should have the capacity to test at least 500 samples a day,” the Financial Commissioner told Rising Kashmir.
At least 11,000 to 12,000 tests are being done in a day in Jammu Kashmir and the number is likely to go up after the new medical colleges start testing.
“As per the norms of the World Health Organisation, 140 tests should be done per million population in a day but we are doing more than that,” he said.
Dulloo also said that at least 130 ventilators that had been brought to Kashmir last month were being installed and the work would be completed in a week.
“We have a total of 7000 oxygen cylinders in Jammu Kashmir while 5000 additional cylinders are being added,” he said adding that there are also 3000 oxygen concentrators available.
The Financial Commissioner said that almost all the district hospitals are doing Truenat tests (earlier meant for TB) which are now used to test for COVID-19.
“The Truenat machines have proved to be helpful to test including pregnant women and pneumonia cases. The capacity of these machines is limited,” he said.
Speaking about the coronavirus deaths, Dulloo said July has witnessed a major spike in deaths saying they would work to decrease the mortality caused due to the pandemic.