Divisional Commissioner P K Pole Friday directed authorities to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in all wards of the COVID-19 dedicated hospitals.
A decision in this regard was taken in a weekly review meeting chaired by Divisional Commissioner on evolving Covid-19 situation in the Valley..
According to the minutes of the meeting, the Divisional Commissioner directed all the concerned authorities including hospital heads and deputy commissioners to adhere to the Supreme Court order regarding the treatment of COVID-19 patients and ensure dignified handling of dead bodies.
On June 19, the Supreme Court said it would direct states to set up expert panels on installation of CCTV cameras in hospitals to ensure proper treatment to COVID-19 patients.
In the hearing conducted via video-conferencing, a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah said that the court may consider passing an order for the installation of CCTVs in the hospitals to ensure patient care monitoring.
The Divisional Commissioner informed the participants regarding directions passed by the Supreme Court and instructed them to implement the same in letter and spirit.
"Constitution of expert committees for inspection, supervision and guidance of COVID-19 hospitals will issue necessary directions for the improvement," the Div com said.
Pole further asked for the installation of CCTV Cameras in COVID-19 hospitals to facilitate the management of patients and screening of footage by designated authorities so that remedial action may be taken.
All COVID-19 hospitals shall also create a helpdesk accessible both physically and telephonically for the wellbeing of patients.
"Permission to one willing attendant for each patient and an earmarked area for the attendants shall also be established," Pole said.
Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing an abrupt rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of infected people to 9,501 till Thursday. The erstwhile state Friday witnessed three more COVID-19 related deaths, taking the number of people who died of the virus to 158 including 143 from Kashmir and 15 from Jammu division.