Tackling coronavirus: Healthcare system reaches tipping point in Kashmir
Coronavirus is posing a greater challenge to the overstrained healthcare system
in Jammu and Kashmir.
no patient has tested positive for the coronavirus in the valley so far, people
are on the edge given the rapid transmission of the virus globally.
the past, Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed the outbreak of swine flu.
from the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) reveals that in 2015, 495
persons were affected by H1N1 in Jammu and Kashmir. Of whom, 20 died due to the
Sheikh Mohammad Saleem, Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical
College said the knowledge of previous viral infections has not been put to
were already aware of the emergence of the new viral virus in China and its
possible spread but ended up becoming a guest follower. Isn’t that our failure?
Dr. Saleem asked.
him, another official at the Department of Community Medicine said the standard
operating procedures (SOPS) for coronavirus were developed by GMC, Srinagar in
the authorities didn’t pay any heed to them,” the official said.
Dr. Khawar Khan Achakzai, Registrar at SMHS said the administration was late by
at least 45 days.
transmission rate of coronavirus is very rapid. Given the rapidity of the
infection, the administration should have been more proactive from the very
beginning,” Dr. Khawar said.
the wake of coronavirus, the government has been issuing advisories to inform
people of the precautionary measures and symptoms associated with coronavirus.
has strengthened the surveillance and control measures against the diseases and
helpline numbers +91-0191-2549676 (UT level Cell for J&K),
+91-0191-25220982 (Jammu Division) and +91-0194-2440283 (For Kashmir Division)
has already been established for the convenience of people.
the additional trained staff has been placed for screenings at the Srinagar
Airport and National Highway. An isolation center has been set up at Sanat
Nagar and Bemina so that the suspected cases are directly taken there instead
of the tertiary care unit