Srinagar, July 08: Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) on Friday cancelled the leaves of its staff and put doctors, paramedics and other staff on high alert in view of a cloudburst at Baltal near Holy Cave in which more than a dozen Yatries died and scores were injured.
As per the circular issued by the directorate, “All leaves of the staff (regular/contractual) are hereby cancelled with the directions to report duties immediately.”
In the circular, all the officers were directed to keep their mobiles
Switched-on so that they could be reached for in case their services were required immediately.
Chief Medical Officers (CMO) of south Kashmir (Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag) were directed to send additional doctors and paramedical staff along with drugs, disposables and emergency aid kits to Pahalgam.
It also directed CMOs of north and central Kashmir (Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla and Budgam) to send additional doctors and paramedical staff along with drugs, disposables and emergency aid kits to Baltal.
The director further asked the Incharge Controller of Stores (Health) to coordinate with General Manager JKMSCL Srinagar for keeping emergency supplies ready to be dispatched to Baltal and Pahalgam immediately in consultation with Yatra officer DHSK.
Further all leaves of the staff (Regular/Contractual) are hereby cancelled with the directions to report duties immediately.
Earlier, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather had rushed to Baltal along with health officials to take assessment of the situation caused due to cloudburst.
The director put all hospitals on alert and directed doctors and paramedics to be in ready mode to face any kind of eventuality
“The staff deputed for yatra duty, doctors, paramedics and other supportive staff are reportedly safe and we have no reports of any injury to any staff member so far”, spokesperson DHSK said.
(With inputs from Umar Raina from Ganderbal and Shafat Mir from Anantnag)