Under prevailing circumstances when seamstresses are working round the clock to meet the demand of masks across the country, it is quite agonizing that the medics doing yeoman’s job in Jammu and Kashmir UT to contain the corona impact are facing critical lack of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and are being forced to make a compromise on their own safety while working under vulnerable conditions. With uncertainty looming large on elimination of this contagion and success of strategies on its mitigation, providing proper protection gears to field staff holds great significance. The cavalry of medicos presently accomplishing Herculean job in J&K to combat COVID-19 really deserves kudos and not the crisis on account of acute shortage of masks, gowns, gloves, eye-protectors, sanitisers and other safety gears putting the life of these and their loved ones into danger. Though, one cannot straightaway lay blame on those responsible for supplying these equipments to healthy facility centres across the region as the situation which has emerged was totally unpredictable but ensuring supplies of PPEs on war footing has also become the emergent need now with no scope of any excuse. Doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers without any iota of doubt are giving their ‘200 per cent’ (a term though mathematically incorrect but inscribed just to give due credit to these noble professionals) and any delinquency with regard to their safety is in no way justified at all. As the reports suggest, the PPEs’ scarcity in health institutions situated in peripheries and for that matter in the central spots is quite devastating and are diminishing with each passing day. The dwindling supplies of different types of masks, gowns, sanitisers, eye protectors and other necessary stock is a matter of grave concern and should be addressed on extreme priority as the staff taking care of populace hit by corona scare works under the assumption that maximum lot is supposed to be positive and asymptomatic thus functioning without safety gears or reusing them multiple times could prove fatal. Although, government is optimistic that ample supply of PPEs will be ensured and soon the difficulty will be wiped out.
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