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Coronavirus outbreak: DAK holds emergency meet, discusses issues concerning doctors, allied staff

File photo of DAK president Dr Suhail Naik

Srinagar, Mar 15: The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Sunday held an emergency meeting and discussed the issues concerning doctors in treating and screening of people with coronavirus symptoms.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of president DAK, Dr Suhail Naik which has attended by senior doctors of the doctors association.


Dr Naik appreciated the efforts of Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Sameer Matoo for starting separate OPDs along with colour-coded cards for patients with flu-like symptoms.

He also expressed satisfaction over the government advisories for restricting and minimizing the public gatherings by ordering the closure of schools, shopping malls etc.

“It is our duty and we are under there to serve the public in natural disasters like floods or earthquake or the present situation to fight the pandemic COVID 19,” Dr Naik said.

In a statement, DAK said that doctors should be provided proper protective gears while screening the passengers especially on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Qazigund and at Srinagar International Airport.

“The medicos are on the forefront. The number of doctors and paramedics deputed for this screening is less compared to the number of air travellers as there is scope of missing a case due to the disproportionate ratio of screeners and passengers,” it said.

“In addition to that, they have to manage the crowd also which is purely a security matter but unfortunately they are not getting any support from the officials regarding the same” the doctor’s body said.

DAK requested Director Health Services Kashmir to look into the matter on priority and issue proper directions for increasing the number of staff, both doctors and paramedics in addition to proper gadgets and security measures for crowd management.