Covid Mortality Rate Jumps To One Percent in Srinagar

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DC Appeals People To Stay Indoors

Srinagar: The mortality rate due to novel coronavirus has surged to one percent in Srinagar, which was 0.25 percent in February this year, officials said on Tuesday.

An official said that with 3500-5000 Covid tests conducted per day, the capital city Srinagar records an average of around 1000 positive cases on a daily basis, while as in the month of February 1500-2000 tests were conducted in a day with an average of around 30-40 positive cases in a day.

“The mortality has surged to one percent, which was 0.25 percent in the month of February,” he said.

According to the official data, Srinagar has a total caseload of 46,784, out of which 36,081 have recovered, 560 have died and 10,143 is the active case load.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Aijaz Asad said that being a red zone, imposing strict curfew civil and police administration is on roads to ensure people do not violate the guidelines.

“It is in our interest to break the transmission chain and at the same time we also need to follow all SOPs related to Covid-19,” he said.

The officials said that lockdown is very important at this stage, and priority has to be given to save lives and prevent the further spread of the virus.

“Many countries imposed brief lockdowns, and here in the valley this is not new now, as people know the realities associated with this pandemic. In district Srinagar alone, 560 fatalities have occurred due to this deadly virus,” they said.

“Though it is an announced lockdown, police and district administration officials on a daily basis impose fines on Covid violators. Though the medical emergencies and essential services are exempted, people can be seen roaming on roads without any genuine reason and that too without face masks,” an official said.

Meanwhile, the DC appealed to people to stay at home and come out only in extreme medical emergencies.

He also appealed to people to follow all Covid-19 SOPs including social distancing, wearing of face masks and vaccination.

Asad said that vehicles of all those persons will be seized who are coming out of their homes.

Near To 100 Percent Occupancy Of Beds, ICUs In Srinagar Hospitals

Amid a spike in the COVID-19 cases, the ICUs and beds in Srinagar’s major hospitals are fully occupied with Medical Superintendents of the hospitals stating that the situation at their respective hospitals is quite challenging at present.

The authorities at a few hospitals have also written to the concerned top officials, seeking more beds and ventilators amid the huge patient input.

Medical Superintendent at JVC Hospital, Dr Shifa Deva said the situation at the hospital is very challenging.

Dr Deva said, “we are facing difficulties in suiting the input with our infrastructure and logistics. We are trying to cope up.”

She added that the patient inflow is creating confusion, adding that it would take some time to tackle the situation. “The main reason behind such a situation is that patients are reporting very late to the hospital till then their oxygen saturation is very low,” she said.

She said that they have written to the government about requirements to enhance the infrastructure at the hospital.

HoD Chest Disease hospital, Dr Naveed Nazir said that at present, ICUs as well as the beds are fully occupied at the hospital. He added that there are 70 ventilators at the hospital and all are occupied.

“As the situation is worsening, the people need to take proper care and follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in letter and spirit,” he said, adding that the people should also get vaccinated. “I appeal to the youth not to believe in hearsay and get vaccinated,” he said.

At SKIMS so far the situation is under control, but there is a need to keep the things under control in the society.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan said, “Any health structure can fall short if the cases start rising within the society. Thus, the society has the responsibility to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines in letter and spirit. The situation in Delhi is an example as it has much more medical facilities than J&K,” he said.

He appealed people to adhere to the guidelines and avoid gatherings, follow SOPs, saying that the things are in the hands of the people. “The situation is under control, but it is worsening with each passing day,” he said, adding that the people must consult the doctors at appropriate time for the treatment.

“We have handled the situation so far and the health care is handling the prevalent situation as well with the active support of the people,” he said.

Medical Superintendent SMHS, Dr Nazir Choudhary said that the patient has been increasing with each passing day and the situation with regard to the pandemic is worsening.

He added that the required medicines and oxygen is available at the hospital.

DC Asks JLNM Authorities To Make New Oxygen Plant Functional In Five days

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammed Aijaz Asad Tuesday visited JLNM hospital Rainawari  to oversee the functioning of Oxygen Generation Plants and other facilities made for Covid positive patients.

Director Health Services Kashmir, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, CMO Srinagar and other officers accompanied the DC during his visit.

The DC was informed that 1000 lpm capacity Oxygen Generation Plant has been made functional recently in addition to 350 lpm oxygen plant to cater the demand of the hospital. He was also informed that work on the 625 lpm oxygen generation plant is going on and shall be completed within a few days to further augment the oxygen generation capacity in the hospital.

The DC directed the concerned to ensure effective functioning of oxygen plants so that patients do not suffer. He also directed them to work in double shifts to make a new oxygen plant of 625 lpm capacity functional within 5 days.

He also inspected other facilities being made available to patients and directed for further improving the health care facilities in the hospital.  (with KNO inputs)

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