COVID-19 claims first victim in AJK

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Altaf Hamid Rao,

MIRPUR (AJK):     The AJK Health Ministry on Monday confirmed the region’s first death from the Covid-19 coronavirus. The first victim of the pandemic was identified as 86 years old man who died of the coronavirus in Muzaffarabad on Sunday, AJK Health Department said in its updated report about the virus issued on Monday.

At the same time no any new case of novel coronavirus was reported in Azad Jammu Kashmir during last 24 hours.

The tally stands intact as 86 across the State on Monday, AJK Health department said.

During the same period the blood samples of new 155 new suspects were tested across the State on Monday.

In a statement on the updated situation of pandemic in AJK, the State Health Authorities confirmed the non-registration of any new positive case of the pandemic in the state during last 24 hours.

According to the report a total of 2953 suspected cases were sent for test, of whom the result of 2875 had been received with 86 positive cases.

Out of the total of 86 corona virus positive cases, 64 have been fully recovered and discharged from the different health facilities across the state by Sunday.

Those discharged after complete recovery include 12 from DHQ Hospital Rawalakot, 15 from DHQ Hospital Bhimbher, 06 from DHQ Hospital Kotli, 12 from New city Hospital Mirpur, 03 from THQ Hospital Dadayal, 08 from DHQ Hospital Palandri, 02 from DHQ Hospital Bagh and 06 from Isolation Hospital Muzaffarabad.

.Out of existing 22 active cases, 12 are receiving treatment in Isolation hospital in Muzaffarbad, 02 in DHQ Hospital Palandri, 01 in DHQ Hospital Bagh, 01 in Bhimbher DHQ Hospital and 06 in DHQ Hospital Kotli. Three positive patients belonged to Sargodha, Pakistan were also under treatment in DHQ hospital Kotli.

A total of 2705 persons were tested negative for COVID-19 while results of 78 cases are awaited which are scheduled to reach in a day or two next.

The government has established 61 quarantine centers in all ten districts of the state while officials of the health departments deputed at entry points of the state were busy round the clock in screening the visitors.

The rapid response teams in AJK’s Palandri, Bhimbher, Kotli, Mirpur, Neelam,Bagh and Muzaffarabad districts are keeping liaison with the people belonging to the persons tested positive, for their quarantine at formal quarantine centers of home quarantine in order to combat the spread of the pandemic

PCR testing is being done at Virology Lab Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences, CMH Rawalakot and Divisional Headquarter Hospital Mirpur.

Meanwhile, the capacity building training in infection, prevention and control (IPC) was being given in all Isolation centers in Azad Jammu Kashmir with the coordination of the World Health Organization.

The state health department medical teams and the rapid response force are collectively engaged in doing the screening of all the new entrants pouring in AJK at all the entry points of Azad Jammu Kashmir.