Altaf Hamid Rao.
Death toll rose to 276 across AJK so far,
MIRPUR (AJK), (Parliament Times) : At least 03 people were died of COVID-19 pandemic in the lake district of Mirpur on Wednesday raising the total death toll to 276 in Azad Jammu Kashmir so far, authorities said.
At least 43 more suspects of the novel corona virus were tested positive out of 458 tested of the pandemic in AJK during last 24 hours, AJK State Health authorities told APP Wednesday night.
Those tested positive include 14 belonged to Mirpur district, 13 from Kotli, 07 from Bhimbher district, 03 from Bagh and 02 each from Muzaffarbad, Jhelum valley and Poonch districts.
A total of 9334 suspects emerged positive out of a total of 13234 persons tested of the pandemic across Azad Jammu Kashmir so far, the state health authorities said.
A total of 8614 patients of the pandemic have recovered and discharged from various health facilities in Azad Jammu Kashmir. 444 of the patients are under treatment in various public-sector hospitals in different parts of AJK, the authorities revealed.
The ill-fated persons who died of the pandemic so far included 75 in Mirpur district, 51 in Muzaffarabad district, 06 in Jhelum valley, 09 in Neelam valley, 45 in Poonch district, 31 in Bagh district, 22 in Bhimbher, 26 in Kotli district, 06 in Palandri and 05 in Haveli district.
A total of 39 of the patients are under treatment in various AJK State run hospitals in different districts at present – besides 405 of the patients receiving Medicare in home isolation in different parts of the State under the set policy of the AJK government, the authorities underlined.
Meanwhile, people across Azad Jammu & Kashmir in general and the pandemic-hit Mirpur division in particular have again been strictly advised by the Divisional Administration besides the state health authorities to continue strictly acting upon the preventive measures, set by the State medical advisory, to overcome the threat of rapid spread of the second and prevailing wave of novel corona virus in the State since past many days.
Briefing media of the rapid outbreak of the pandemic in Mirpur district in his office here on Saturday, Mirpur Divisional Commissioner Chaudhry Raqeeb Hussain disclosed that a total of 14593 persons were tested in the second wave of the virus from August last year to the end of January this year. Of these, 1330 persons were tested positive leaving the positivity rate of 9.11 percent with total 55 causalities during whole of the above period. A total of 1140 persons were cured in the State Health functionaries following the required Medicare being provided under the set policy of the government on emergency grounds, he underlined.
Talking to APP here on Wednesday, the Div. Commissioner continued that as compared to the ongoing second spell of the pandemic, there had been loss of only five human lives in the first wave of the novel Corona Virus in Mirpur district where a total of 500 persons had been tested positive out of a total of 5000 person tested in the first wave of the virus during the period from March to September last year.
Ch. Raqeeb said that although the first wave of COVID-19 in Mirpur division was assessed to be at decline with fluctuation, but in the ongoing second wave was found emerged with rapid outbreak following lack of the due preventive measures and ignoring of the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) by the masses, he observed.
The Div. Commissioner underlined that administration had intensified steps for the tests of the overseas Kashmiris, mostly those pouring in from Great Britain to their native districts of Mirpur Kotli and Bhimbher of Mirpur division with strict advise of 15-day quarantine soon after their arrival from the United Kingdom and all other foreign countries.
The Commissioner calls for the due vibrant role of media to raise awareness among the masses about the drastic affects of the pandemic on the human life and strict self implementation of the SOPs for the safety of their own and others precious lives.