Meanwhile, governor NN Vohra convened a meeting at the Raj Bhawan in Jammu to review the status of swine flu in the state and also the preparedness of the health and medical education departments.
During the meeting, Vohra was informed that an isolation ward has been set up at the Chest Diseases Hospital, Srinagar, and is being equipped with dedicated facilities in addition to the arrangements at SKIMS, where a testing facility is already functioning.
"Likewise, a separate isolation ward has also been set up at Col Chopra Nursing Home, Government Medical College, Jammu, with sample collection facility and a separate OPD at Medical College, Jammu. Round-the-clock control rooms have been established at Barzulla and Jammu," a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said.
On being informed that at present no testing facility is available in Jammu, the governor directed that urgent measures should be taken to set up the required facility and asked for being informed about the progress every week.
The governor also directed the director of the health department (Kashmir) to ensure that there is no delay in the operationalisation of the testing facility being set up at the Government Medical College, Srinagar.
Vohra also directed the secretary, health department, to ensure that adequate supplies of medicine, N95 masks required for health care workers, and Virus Transport Medium (VTM) for transportation of samples are urgently procured and distributed to the concerned hospitals. He directed BB Vyas, finance secretary, to immediately release additional funds of Rs 30 lakh to the health department for augmenting the stock of medicines and vaccines and purchase a ventilator to effectively deal with the flu.
Health secretary Gazzanfar Hussain informed the governor that at an action plan has been devised for dealing with H1N1 influenza and necessary directions have been issued by the respective director, health services, to all the CMOs and BMOs in the state.
The action plan, he said, envisages setting up of isolation wards with four to six beds at the district hospitals and with two to three beds at community health centres. Moreover, all health department staff dealing with patients will be administered with influenza vaccine.