With the surge in COVID-19 cases in Ladakh, Lieutenant Governor, R K Mathur reviewed the preparedness and steps to handle the situation in the coming days on August 22.
Stating that a balance must be maintained between the prevailing COVID pandemic and economic activities, Mathur stated that Ladakh must be prepared for any situation.
He directed the Health Secretary to proactively procure a sufficient amount of all essentials items related to COVID-19 on an urgent basis. Also, stressed on requesting the Health Ministry to send in a team of doctors to acquaint the local medical staff of the latest protocols, particularly for treatment policies.
Health Secretary was asked to expedite the setting up of a COVID testing lab in Kargil.
The medical department was directed to conduct extensive tests, ensure prompt results, and increase the capacity of beds in the hospitals. He further stressed on augmenting oxygen supply, particularly at all sub-divisional Health Centres, especially the areas difficult to access during the winters where oxygen concentrators may also be provided.
R K Mathur stated that the general public has a major part to play in the mitigation of the current situation. He appealed to all citizens to work hand in hand with the administration and adhere to the SOPs given by the UT Administration.
He also directed the district administration to strictly enforce the SOPs.