Covid-19 Upsurge in IIOJK ;

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Altaf Hamid Rao.

Over 200 doctors, paramedics in IIOJK hospitals test positive,

Situation turning alarming as cases rising exponentially in occupied State,

MIRPUR (AJK),   (Parliament Times) : More than 200 doctors and paramedics of central State~run. Medical College and its associated hospitals in occupied Srinagar have tested Covid-19 positive after Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a sudden surge in Covid-19 positive cases, says a report reaching here Friday from across the line of control.

The report revealed that at least 109 doctors and 98 paramedics of the GMC Srinagar and its associated hospitals have contracted the virus since January 01 this year.

Data reveals that 39 doctors have tested positive from SMHS Hospital, 15 from LD Hospital and 11 from Super Specialty Hospital Shireen Bagh, creating a challenging situation for the health sector to deal with Covid-19.

Professor and HoD Community Medicine, SPM, GMC Srinagar, Dr S. Muhammad Salim Khan said that the situation is turning alarming with number of cases rising exponentially, according to the report.

“However, the hospital admissions haven’t increased proportionally as these cases are usually mild and recover fast as compared to second wave which was driving by Delta variant,” the report underlined.

The doctor also urged the masses to follow SoPs, wear face masks and take all other precautions.

“Those who are not vaccinated yet, should come forward for vaccination at the earliest,” he advised.

Earlier, this week, Director Health Services of the Indian occupied Kashmir impressed upon all Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents and Block Medical Officers that no patient or attendant should be allowed to enter into the hospital premises unless RAT testing is undertaken, the report added.