‘8-month old India’s youngest Corona patient’, cases in J&K rise to 14
5,482 persons under surveillance in J&K
STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar/Jammu: A 65-year-old man hailing from Hyderpora area of the city died on Thursday, becoming the first fatality in Jammu and Kashmir due to covid-19. Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal also confirmed the death via Twitter. “First death due to Coronavirus- 65 years old Male from Hyderpora Srinagar. Four of his contacts also tested positive yesterday,” Kansal said. Four people had tested positive for coronavirus in J-K on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases to 11. Authorities in Kashmir have expressed apprehensions that the cases could be more than reported in the Valley as a significant number of people appeared to have concealed their travel history. In another grim development, two siblings, both minors, were tested positive in the ValleyWhile a Rajouri resident with history of close contact with (now deceased) positive case was also tested positive, taking the number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 14, officials said. “Two more positive cases in Srinagar. Siblings (seven-years-old and eight-months-old),” government spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted. The eight-month-old might be the youngest to be infected with COVID-19 in the country. He said they are the grandchildren of a person who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday in Srinagar and had a travel history to Saudi Arabia. With these two, the total number of positive cases in the valley has gone up to 10 and in the union territory to 14. The Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered an inquiry to fix responsibility as to why a COVID-19 suspect, who later tested positive, was allowed to leave a hospital when he had gone for treatment with signs of infection. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole, taking serious note of the lapse, had on Wednesday directed Medical Superintendent and head of the chest medicine department SKIMS hospital Bemina to explain their position forthwith. He also directed Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tassaduq Hussain Mir to inquire into the matter for action against the officers. Mir has been directed to submit a report within two days. Pole said the inquiry had nothing to do with the coronavirus patient who died on Thursday. “The inquiry has been ordered not for punitive purposes but with curative objectives so that such incidents are not repeated,” the Divisional Commissioner told PTI. According to a report furnished by the Principal SKIMS Medical College, the patient had reported to the casualty department of SKIMS Hospital Bemina on March 21 along with his travel history and was found to be a COVID-19 suspect. The report said the patient, who tested positive later on, was not handled as per the required protocol.
The report castigated the hospital administration for not informing the district administration and police as the patient had a travel history and showed symptoms of COVID-19 but was not admitted.
“The patient has been given ample time to spread the virus by intermingling with public and relatives,” the report added.
Meanwhile, the government this evening informed that 5482 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance and, so far, 14 cases have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir__ 12 active positive, one recovered and one death.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 3053 persons have been kept under home quarantine, including at facilities operated by the Government, while as 117 are in hospital quarantine.
Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 1761 while as 551 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
Further, the Bulletin said that 379 samples have been sent for testing, of which 341 tested as negative and 13 cases have tested positive of which one recovered and one died. It said that reports of 25 cases are awaited till March 26, 2020.
According to the Bulletin, the Government of India has been requested for volunteer doctors who are fit and willing to be available for providing their services in the public health facilities and the training hospitals in the near future in case the outbreak leads to a high number of infected individuals.
Retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or private doctors have been urged to come forward in this hour of need. Those who wish to contribute to this and be a part of this noble mission have been requested to register themselves on https://niti.gov.in/healthcovid/volunteer_covid.php
State Health Society, J&K has also called for hiring of specialists and Medical Officers (MBBS) under NHM in the Union Territory. Qualified candidates can come for walk-in interview on any day at State Health Society, Nagrota Jammu for Jammu Division candidates and at NHM Office, Old Secretariat for Kashmir Division candidates, according to an official handout.
The candidates have been advised to call on 9419174640 (Jammu Division) and 7780966151 (Kashmir Division) to book their slots before coming for the interview.
General public has been asked to contact toll-free national helpline number 1075 for support, guidance, and response to health related queries on Novel Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19).
The Government of Jammu & Kashmir has also set up helpline numbers in this regard which can be reached at 0191-2549676 (UT level Cell), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 and 0194-2430581(Kashmir Division).
In a related development, the government has appealed people to stay in their homes and take the lockdown with utmost sincerity as carelessness of few can throw all others into the grave jeopardy.
Those violating the lockdown orders could face legal action under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which lays down punishment as per Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, for flouting such orders, the government advisory said.
The Government has also urged the general public to maintain social distancing as it is the key to stop and prevent the spread of Covid-19 from those who are infected.
“The intervention includes remaining out of crowded settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others,” the Government advisory said.
Further, the Government has appealed people to not panic and take care of health and protect others.
“Public in general is advised to avoid unnecessary travel and use of public transport. Avoid unnecessary travel and use of public transport; avoid crowded places and large gatherings, do not spit in public. People must take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent handwashing with soap and observing coughing and sneezing etiquettes,” the Government advisory added.
The advisory also called upon the general public to strictly follow the advisories issued by the Government from time to time and rely only on the information released by the Government through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media.
“People are advised to refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time,” the advisory added.
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