Mattan, largest block given 27 PPEs for over 350 medics, Para-medics

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 4/3/2020 12:26:49 AM

ANANTNAG, Apr 2: Believe it. The top health authorities have provided 27 disposable PPEs to Mattan medical block, largest in the district.
The medical block, with its headquarters at PHC Mattan has Sub-district hospital and many PHCs and heakth centers under its administrative control. Besides the medical block also has to look after the biggest quarantine facility set up by the government in JKTDC huts.
However, ironically the top district health authorities have provided only 27 PPEs the mefical block for atleast 370 medical and Para-mefical staff.
"The block has nearly 400 staffers in all the healthcare facilities under its administrative control but irony is that we have been provided only 27 PPEs," said a source.
"We have a lot of medical and para-medical staff deployed to lookafter those quarantined at Pahalgam. And the PPEs given to us are not re-usable. They are supposed to be disposed off only after a single day use," the source said.
Though the CMO office recently released one lakh rupees to the medical block for purchase of PPEs and other equipments required to combat the Covid 19, however , sources said, they are not able to purchase the PPEs from the market as the same ate running short.
"Though we purchased over one hundred PPEs from the market but they are of low quality. We have been looking for the quality PPEs everywhere from last several days but dont find them at all. We are being made to fight the deadly virus empty handed," said a source.
A Para-medic posted in the medical block said that the authorities should have stocked lot of PPEs and other equipments much before the Covid 19 started spreading in the valley.
"Now when the threat of covid 19 has already loomed health authorities are looking for equipments for healthcare workers which is not going to serve any purpose now," the Para-medic said.
Block medical officer (BMO) Mattan, did not attend the repeated calls from this reporter.
Pertinently, CMO, Anantnag, few days back had admitted shortage of equipments including PPEs, masks and sanitisers but had said that things will be purchased once available in the market.



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