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Govt constitutes health committee for G-20 Summit

Post by M Peerzada on Saturday, January 21, 2023

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Srinagar, Jan 20: The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday constituted a Union Territory Level Health Committee for ensuring medical arrangements and advance operationalization of medical services for various G20 events to be held across J&K.
As per an order issued by the General Administration Department, the committee would be headed by Financial Commissioner (Additional Chief Secretary), Home Department and the committee would be serviced by Health and Medical Education Department.
The committee also comprises Administrative Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, Administrative Secretary, GAD, representatives of G20 Working Groups and Additional Secretary to Govt. Health and Medical Education Department (convener).
It has been assigned to work with relevant stakeholders to oversee and ensure suitable adoption and adaptation of SOPs for medical care arrangements for India’s forthcoming G20 Presidency.
It has been tasked to do inspection and need assessment of all medical care arrangements at identified international and domestic airports, G20 meeting venues, hotels, excursion sites etc. as part of planned official itinerary.
The five-member committee would form dedicated medical task force at UT and district level with identified Nodal Medical Officers for provision of medical services at the various host city venues.
It would identify hospital with requisite specialties and services including blood bank services at the host city and reserve hospital beds at these facilities during the G20 event.
The committee has been tasked to ensure placement of mobile ambulances with necessary medical equipment as per international standards or protocols to cater for in any emergency.
“Provisioning of air ambulance service for medical evacuation, wherever deemed to be required, particularly in far-flung and difficult-to-reach areas should be ensured,” it said.
It has been also tasked to ensure training/orientation of deployed medical staff and promulgation of Covid-19 protocols and testing facility as per protocols.
The committee has been assigned to share operational plans and details of key stakeholders with G20 (Security), Ministry of External Affairs and coordinate with Home Department for antecedent verification of deployed medical staff in conjunction with local police.

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