COVID-19: Suspend tourism till temperature rises, DAK to Govt
File photo of DAK president Dr Suhail Naik
Srinagar, Mar 7: In view of the COVID-19 fear, Doctors
Association Kashmir (DAK) on Saturday appealed the government to focus on
screening of travelers at Airports and railway stations and training medical
teams to combat the novel coronavirus.
In a statement issued here, President DAK Dr Suhail Naik
said that they in touch with global health experts and it is important to
recognize that COVID-19 is a new and concerning disease, but still outbreaks
can be managed with the right response.
“The government should screen all the visitors coming to
Kashmir at Airports, railway stations and on Srinagar-Jammu highway,” he said.
Dr Naik said in order to fight COVID-19 that has affected
people in many countries, the Jammu and Kashmir government should suspend
tourism till temperatures will rise and pandemic will come to halt.
He said that all sports activities, conferences should be
suspended to save the asymptomatic population adding that morning prayers in
schools should also be restricted.
He said in light of knowledge gained from Wuhan in China on
the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical measures against COVID-19, like rapid
detection, large scale case isolation and quarantine of contacts, the spread of
virus can be contained.
DAK said that there has been a severe disruption to the global
supply of personal protective gear. It demanded government for sufficient
supply of masks and sanitizers.
In view of the suspected cases in Jammu and Kashmir and rise
in cases across many countries DAK said that the government should focus on
trainings and workshops for dedicated medical teams in all districts.
“There should be separate respiratory OPDs in all the
hospitals. We advise people to not to visit hospitals for mild ailments or
unnecessarily with patients,” DAK said.
DAK also requested both government and private schools to
make available ample water taps and soaps for hand washing as a precautionary
“We appeal parents to provide handkerchief or tissue papers
to their kids. People should also restrict shaking hands or hug until the
coronavirus is curtailed,” DAK said.
DAK said public must understand that they can even use their
handkerchief to cover mouth and nose appealing people to use their handkerchief
and don’t panic.
Important points to do
When to use mask:
If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are
taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
Masks are effective only when used in combination with
frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and
dispose of it properly.
All masks of any type either N95 or surgical or medical
masks are designed to be discarded within 8 hours after use and if we use them
for prolonged time they can paradoxically increase risk of different
Masks must be changed when they become wet with saliva or
other bodily fluids, as they lose their protective properties.
Wash your hands frequently:
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an
alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands
with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be
on your hands.
Maintain social distance
Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and
anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once
contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From
there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good
respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent
elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue
At time of fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and
difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the
directions of your local health authority.