‘Suspected patients lock doctors, cough on their face’
Srinagar, Mar 30:
While doctors and other paramedical staff in Kashmir are risking their lives to
save people in Kashmir and across the world, they are also facing a brunt of
criticism and awkward rebukes from some patients and attendants.
Narrating one such incident, Principal Government Medical
College Srinagar, Dr Sami Rashid wrote on her personal Twitter handle that
people need to be more empathetic during these troubling times.
“Inspite of grave provocations – including a case of a
patient locking doctors out of a ward and another suspect patient coughing on
the face of a female doctor, out of spite – doctors are relentlessly working
round the clock to save lives. Please be kind in this moment of crisis,” wrote Dr
“Doctors, nurses & paramedic staff along with all other
healthcare and sanitary workers are risking their lives to save yours. Kindly
have some empathy towards them & their families in this time of crisis. This
is not the time to criticize or raise fingers. Stay home, stay safe,” she
While the healthcare facilities in Kashmir are average, the doctors
and other medical staff here have generally been exemplary in their duties.
Working around limited infrastructure and shortage of proper
safety equipment, these professionals, so far, have done their best to treat
and isolate coronavirus patients and suspects, the numbers of whom are surging
with each passing day.
Till Monday morning, while no fresh cases of coronavirus were
declared in Kashmir, three more positive cases were found in Jammu taking the
total number of such cases in the division to 12 and across J&K to 41.
Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted the status
update: No new cases in Kashmir Division; In Jammu Division 3 new positive
cases. Total for J&K now 41.”