Rising Kashmir NewsSrinagar:
Government has drafted a disaster management plan for the health sector to prepare the state and district hospitals to deal with a sudden surge of patients needing emergency care in case of various disasters, including natural calamities and conflict-related incidents.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, said hospitals become the first response centers and even a shelter for relief and rehabilitative measures during disasters and ‘disaster-like situations’, making it important to have a coordinated mechanism among hospitals to deal with the situation.
The ‘Disaster Management Manual’—a document of over 100 pages—emphasizes and illuminates necessary guidelines, need of command system, response teams and alternative measures for quick response and immediate relief during disasters that can help the government bring in early stabilization in such situations, the statement informed.
“Disaster Management Manual reflects our state of preparedness and builds a platform to design effective, realistic and coordinated planning; it reduces duplication of efforts and increases the overall effectiveness of the coordinated work,” the statement read. “It can help in generating mock drills for effective training.”
“Over the years disaster or disaster like situations like earthquake 2005, Waltengu, summer unrest of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016 resulted in multiple and mass causalities throwing a bigger challenge to health institutions,” the Directorate said in the statement, adding the experiences on disaster management have now been reproduced in the form of the manual.
The Directorate said these events opened a new chapter for the department as they challenged the health care delivery system and sought effective remedial measures.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir lies in the seismic zone five, making it very prone to earthquakes, and the state is equally prone to flash floods, landslides and avalanches.
“Thus preparedness of our departments and their integration through central command center is a vital key to swift and prompt response that needs to be generated as a reaction to such events,” the Directorate said.
The document was released by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in August. According to the Directorate, its release was followed by multiple orientation workshops for all district and block-level officers for its effective utilization.