Doctor, 13 Others Die Of Covid-19, Toll 335

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Srinagar: At least fourteen people, including a doctor on Tuesday died of coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the number of fatalities due to the deadly disease to 335 in the Union Territory.

While Srinagar reported five deaths, Kupwara three including a leprosy patient who was declared covid-19 positive four days after the death, two deaths were reported from Baramulla while one fatality each was reported from Kulgam, Budgam, Bandipora and Ramban—the first death due to the virus in mountainous district so far.

Among the victims is a doctor, who was posted in the remote Gurez Valley of Bandipora district.

The victims from Srinagar included a 60-year-old woman from Nowhatta, a 62-year-old man from Batamallo, a woman from Rainawari whose sample returned positive after death, an 85 year-old-man from Barzulla, a 79-year-old man from Habba Kadal, a 72-year-old patient from Eidgah and a 64-year-old resident from Rangreth, who was declared brought dead at Chest Diseases Hospital after he was shifted to SMHS Hospital, officials said.

Regarding Ramban fatality, officials said, the 25-year-old youth from Suligam village was sampled for Covid-19 on July 15 and had tested positive subsequently.

“He was admitted in isolation ward of GMC Hospital Jammu on July 21,” a senior doctor at GMC Jammu said, adding, “He was a known case of Potts Spine (Spinal tuberculosis) and was on ATT for the last 10 months. Besides he was also suffering from jaundice and had Rt sided thigh and Gluteal Abcess.”

The doctor said that the youth was put on oxygen on July 27 and died 5.30 a.m, today. The youth’s death was the first fatality due to the virus in Ramban district.

The Kupwara deaths include a 72-year-old Tengchak Lolab, a 70-year-old from Batpora and a middle aged man from Maratgam, who was working in Revenue department.

Regarding 72-year-old, they said, he was brought to Kupwara for medical checkup where doctors advised him for COVID-19 test. “On July 23 he died naturally at his home as he was a hypertensive and Leprosy patient. His report came positive today,” a senior health office functionary said.

Regarding the septuagenarian, the official said, he died at Wayan heath centre and his test came positive for the virus while the revenue official was admitted in Handwara hospital on July 22 and was referred to Srinagar where he died later.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old man from Nagbal- Khag Budgam, who was admitted to SKIMS Soura on July 23, as a case of “hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bilateral Community Acquired Pneumonia died at 8:15 a.m., a senior doctor at the tertiary care hospital said.

Besides it, a 59-year-old man from DH Pora Kulgam and a 75-year-old man from Noorbagh Sopore and a 70-year-old man from Pattan with “bilateral pneumonia” also died of Covid-19 on Tuesday.

So far 311 deaths have been reported in Kashmir and 24 in Jammu division. Srinagar district with 99 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (65), Kulgam (27), Budgam (24), Anantnag (21), Shopian  (20), Pulwama (19), Kupwara (20), Jammu(15), Bandipora (10), Ganderbal (6), two each in Rajouri and Doda and one each in Ramban , Poonch, Udhampur, and Kathua. (With GNS inputs)

NHM Doctor On COVID Duty Catches Virus, Dies

A National Health Mission (NHM) doctor from Sumbal area of Bandipora district on Tuesday died of COVID-19 at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital.

Working as Medical Officer under NHM, the 45-year-old doctor was fighting pandemic in the remote Gurez Valley of the district where he caught the infection, an official said. The doctor was deputed for contact tracing of COVID-19 patients in the picturesque village where he got infected.

The doctor, he said was tested positive on July 04 and recovered from the deadly disease after one week.

“However, last night, the doctor developed symptoms, hemoptysis with sudden fall in oxygen saturation following which he was taken to SKIMS hospital Srinagar where his sample was collected again for COVID testing,” the official said.

He said the doctor was shifted to SMHS hospital for treatment where he breathed his last today morning, adding that the doctor was declared positive after his death.

According to the locals, the deceased doctor is survived by two minor children and his wife, who is also a medical officer.

The doctor's death has saddened the entire health officials in Bandipora district.

Meanwhile, All J&K National Health Mission Employees Association Kashmir Division has condoled the demise of Dr Shabir Ahmad Medical Officer (NHM) CHC Gurez District Bandipora due to COVID-19

In a statement, the Association office bearers expressed heartfelt grief over the demise of the doctor who was working as Medical Officer under NHM in district Bandipora and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.

Meanwhile, the Association has appealed the Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu and Advisor to LG Rajiv Rai Batnagar to extend helping hand to the bereaved family by providing a job and financial assistance to the Next of Kin.

They also reiterated the need for social security benefits to NHM employees in wake of such eventualities.



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