Four patients with coronavirus like symptoms quarantined at SKIMS
A view of Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura in Srinagar on Saturday. Excelsior/ Mohd Amin WarWith Farhat Story
Srinagar, Mar 4:
Four patients with coronavirus-like symptoms have been quarantined at
Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) on Wednesday.
Superintendent of SKIMS, Ghulam Hassan Yattoo said four quarantined male
patients who reported to the hospital, had traveled from Thailand, Iran, and
Out of the four
patients, two have been tested negative and the blood samples of the two others
have been sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune.
Sources said that
all the four patients are stable and under constant monitoring.
Jammu and Kashmir
has stepped up preparedness in order to identify the symptoms and deal promptly
with the emerging infection of coronavirus.
positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kashmir, health officials
said all hospitals should ensure their staff is trained, and well-prepared to
deal with the virus.
has been issuing advisories to inform people of the precautionary measures and
symptoms associated with coronavirus.
trained staff has been deployed for screening at the Srinagar Airport and an
isolation center has been set-up at Sanat Nagar so that suspected cases are
directly taken to the facility instead of tertiary care center.
Commissioner of Health and Medical Education Department Atal Dullo said there
is no need to create a panic like situation. “We have not issued any separate
instructions to school or college authorities on measures related to
coronavirus. If the parents or school authorities find any symptoms, they can
directly report to health authorities”, he said.
Earlier, he had
told The Kashmir Monitor that there is less awareness among the hospital
staffers on how to deal with the emerging infection.
have decided to train our medicos in quarantine protocols, and practices needed
to promptly identify and isolate patients, with possible coronavirus, and
inform health authorities in time,” Dullo said.
Coronavirus is a
type of virus that typically affects the respiratory tracts of birds and
mammals, including humans. The virus first surfaced in Wuhan in December 2019
but has since spread to different countries including India.