Unvaccinated Attendants in J&K Not To Be Allowed In Hospitals

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday announced to restrict unvaccinated attendants at the hospitals in a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus in the Union Territory.

The directions in this regard were passed by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole during his visit to several hospitals here on Thursday to review preparedness of these institutions for containment of Covid and inspect adherence to Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) in these health institutions, an official spokesperson said.

Pole, he said, visited SMHS, Super Speciality Hospital, Bone & Joint Hospital, UPHC Chanapora, MMC Sanat Nagar & College of Nursing, and GMC Srinagar.

During the visit, the official spokesperson said, the Div Com stressed upon the heads of institutions to strictly implement CAB in these institutions to contain the spread of virus. Pole, he said, also gave on spot directions to the administrators of these institutions that they should bring a more vibrant change in their approach while monitoring Covid Specific SOPs.

The official spokesperson further said that the Div Com directed concerned HoDs not to allow entry of any unmasked attendant in the hospital premises and enjoined upon them to allow only vaccinated attendants to accompany sick patients.

“As there are resurgence of cases in Kashmir valley, especially Srinagar district, we have to be very vigilant and alert so that we can keep the virus at bay which will eventually help us to delay any effect of possible 3rd wave,” Pole said.

At Paramedical College of GMC Srinagar, the official spokesperson said that the Div Com interacted with the students and applauded them for following CAB and having received shots of Covid-19 vaccination.

“Furthermore, he directed the Principal of College of Nursing, GMC Srinagar to arrange special classes for the students that they missed due to covid lockdown so that they appear in exams better prepared,” he added.

During the visit, the Div Com was accompanied by Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar, Prof. Samiya Rashid; Epidemiologist Kashmir/ SSO Dr. Talat Jabeen and various senior health officers of Divisional Covid Control Room, Kashmir.

J&K Logs 172 More Corona Cases

Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 172 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the infected number of persons to 3,28,590 while no fresh death due to the virus was reported from the Union Territory, officials said.

Out of the 172 fresh cases, 21 were from Jammu division and 151 from Kashmir division of the UT, the officials said.

They said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 67 cases followed by 36 cases in Baramulla district.

There are 1,617 active cases in the UT, while the number of recovered patients was 3,22,554, the officials said.

The death toll in the UT due to the pandemic was 4,419 as no fresh death was reported in the past 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the officials said there were 46 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the UT as no fresh case was reported since Wednesday evening.

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