Corona Under Control In J&K: WHO Officer

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Dr Ashiq Rashid Mir

Says Preventive Measures First Weapon To Stop Covid Spread

Srinagar: As coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir have shown a sign of decline over a few days, a surveillance officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday expressed optimism over the recovery rate of positive cases and the less fatality rate in the Union Territory and Kashmir compared to rest of the states.

“This is the main indicator which shows the disease is under control”, he said and further added that with the determination and cooperation of people, the impact of pandemic could be subdued to a large extent,” Dr Ashiq Rashid Mir, Surveillance Medical Officer, WHO said Saturday.

He said in an encouraging sign, over 130,000 patients have recovered in Kashmir and another eighty thousand have recovered in Jammu.

While reiterating on adherence to universal Covid protocols everywhere and at all times, Dr Mir asked people to wear masks properly and asked not to touch them while they are wearing it. He also advised people to avoid removing mask with uncovered hands at the time of disposal and instead use clean sanitised hands.

“The exterior side of the masks may contain infection and touching it may pose a threat of infection “, he warned.

The WHO surveillance officer also said that people should wash hands with soap for thirty seconds while returning home from work. He called these preventive measures as the first weapon against curtailing the spread of pandemic.

While expressing gratitude to the government, he said the central government made it possible to have vaccines abundantly available and free of cost for the people since the beginning.

He asked people to register for vaccination to get an appointment on a specific date for inoculation and get vaccinated on their turn as it is another effective weapon against the infection.

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