GMC Baramulla develops safer sample collecting method
Srinagar, Apr 6 : Three more tested positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir today taking the number of Coronavirus positive cases in the Valley to 88 while the J&K tally has gone up to 109.
One of the positive cases is 41-year-old woman from Uri town of Baramulla district whose husband, a teacher has tested positive last week. The two others are from Srinagar, one from Nowshera and another from Chattabal.
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With these 3 fresh cases, 109 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in J&K and of them, 103 are active cases. Among all 109 cases, four have recovered and two others have died.
Dr Mohammad Saleem said 36 samples were tested today at GMC Srinagar laboratory and all of them are negative while 48 reports are awaited. He said that 80 new samples were received by the laboratory today.
Dr Naveed Ahmad Shah, Head of Department Chest Disease hospital said that 21 patients are undergoing treatment at the hospital and repeated tests of seven Corona positive patients have turned negative.
Deputy Medical Superintendent of JLNM hospital Srinagar Dr Tabasum said that nine patients are undergoing treatment at JLNM hospital and all are responding well. She said that three children, who had tested positive for COVID-19, are undergoing treatment at the JLNM hospital and they are doing better. She said that their samples were also taken today and sent for testing.
Dr Jameel Ahmad Mir, Medical Superintendent District hospital Pulwama said that nine positive patients are undergoing treatment at the hospital and today samples of 44 suspected patients were taken and sent for testing.
Director SKIMS Soura, Dr A G Ahanger said that out of 283 suspected patients, 238 have been discharged and 24 positive patients who are under treatment are all recovering well.
The Director regarding the positive cases of a young food vendor, said that his condition was serious at the time of admission but now he is recovering.
As the doctors collecting samples for Coronavirus are at a potential risk, the Government Medical College Baramulla has developed a Novel booth method for collection of samples for the safety of doctors.
Medical Superintendent of GMC hospital Baramulla, Syed Masood, said that after swab is taken from throat and nose, it induces cough and sneeze as a response to foreign body which emits droplets and poses risk to the health care workers around them.
“Booth type sampling Centre has resolved the issue and provides ultimate safety to the workers from deadly infection working as a physical barrier. The glass panel is cleaned and disinfected after every sample”, he said.
In the meantime, Chattabal area of Srinagar was today declared as containment zone and all entry and exit routes have been sealed after several positive cases were reported from the area
District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who issued an order in this regard today said the sealing of the area is aimed at preventing spread of the Coronavirus infection out of this area. He said it is also aimed at enabling smooth conduct of the survey in the area.
“It is notable that the proposed survey is aimed at determining whether the infection has spread in the area and whether there is a need for isolating any of its residents”, he said.
Dr Shahid said a plan has been formulated for ensuring smooth supplies of essential commodities and services in the area. “It will be done under supervision to ensure strict adherence to the sealing order. The medical teams will also move in the area under strict supervision”, he said.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, today imposed ban on entry of people into Gurez valley as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of COVID-19.
The Gurez – Bandipora road is presently closed for vehicular movement, as well as for movement on foot, in view of huge accumulation of snowfall at different spots.
DC, Bandipora, said that it has come to fore that people are embarking on travel by foot on Bandipora-Gurez road in violation of the instructions of the concerned authorities, thereby putting lives in risk.
He said that the travel of new people to Gurez also poses enhanced risk of spread of Coronavirus to a geographically isolated place like Gurez valley and the ban on entry of people into the Valley has been imposed, taking into consideration various advisories and precautionary measures issued by the Government on prevention of spread of COVID-19.
And the lockdown across Kashmir continued for the 18th day today with authorities acting tough against the violators of Government orders issued to prevent spread of Coronavirus.
Police and paramilitary troopers were deployed on roads and they had erected concertina wire to block the roads to prevent movement of people and vehicles.
Srinagar Police today arrested 17 persons including a shopkeeper and also seized nine vehicles for defying the restrictions imposed in view of COVID-19.
In the jurisdiction of PS Nishat and PS Harwan, police have arrested three persons including a shopkeeper and seized one vehicle for violating Government prohibitory orders. Cases under relevant Sections of law have been registered in respective police stations and investigation initiated.
In the jurisdiction of PS RM Bagh and PS Nowgam, Police have arrested nine persons and also seized eight vehicles for violating Government prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 CrPC by District Magistrate Srinagar.
While in the jurisdiction of PS Khanyar, police arrested five persons for violating prohibitory orders issued of the District Magistrate Srinagar.