Covid-19 Patients Responding Well To Treatment In Kashmir, Say Doctors

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Srinagar: All the COVID-19 patients admitted to the Chest Diseases Hospital here were responding well to the treatment, the hospital said on Saturday.

The total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir has gone up to 75, as per the authorities. While two patients have died, three patients have recovered from the disease, leaving 65 active cases.

All coronavirus patients admitted at the Chest Diseases hospital in this capital city are responding well to the treatment, a senior hospital official said Friday.

Dr Naveed Nazir Shah, Head CD hospital said today that all the 19 coronavirus patients were recovering and some of them will be discharged soon, after following a proper protocol. He said that the second consecutive test report of the first patient admitted in the hospital has also come negative.

He said that on Thursday, the first test of this patient was found negative and today for re-confirmation, once more the sample of this patient admitted at CD Hospital was collected and report again was found negative.

“The patient was in hospital quarantine from past 15 days and today his 3rd test was found negative, Shah said.

“We have patients coming, some of them reported positive but at the same time patients are recovering too. We must pray for the health of all in such pandemic,” he said.

He said that doctors and paramedics—working at the hospital round the clock were doing their best to make a difference amid this severe health crisis.

“We have seen that there is a general trend that we mostly get the positive cases who have been the contacts of already Covid-19 cases,” he said.

“So far we have collected 450 samples. Some of these samples were collected by us while as many came from GMC, its associated hospitals, district COVID-19 hospitals and some we collected from army hospital too,” he added.

Stressing the need to take precautions, the senior chest specialist said that like rest of the world, Kashmir too was grappling with coronavirus pandemic and people must take all precautionary measures to keep the virus away.

He also appealed people to reveal their travel history and thus ensure safety of all. “People should come clean on their travel history. Early detection helps us to put the person in isolation facilities and thus there won’t be exponential spread of the virus,” he added.

Officials said the authorities have started an aggressive contact tracing campaign across the union territory to contain the spread of the disease.

Nearly 2,000 contacts of positive patients have been identified, they said, adding that no known contact would be left untraced Meanwhile, restrictions on the movement and assembly of people in Kashmir to contain the spread of coronavirus continued for the 17th consecutive day on Saturday.

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