Amid surge, Anantnag has 63 COVID-19 +ve pregnant women, Kulgam 44

Anantnag sends pregnant women employees on leave till June 30
Irfan Tramboo
Srinagar, June 6: Anantnag and Kulgam are the twin districts of Kashmir valley with the highest number of pregnant women testing positive for COVID-19.
Official figures revealed that as on June 4, there are 62 pregnant women in Anantnag district who have tested positive for COVID-19, while as 18 have, so far, recovered.
With a total of 383 cases as of June 4, district Anantnag has the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Valley with 155 overall recoveries and 5 deaths.
“We have had these number of pregnant women testing positive for COVID-19, with 18 recoveries so far, we are expecting more such recoveries in coming days,” Dr Mukhtar Ahmad Shah, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Anantnag told Excelsior.
District Kulgam, the figures said, has got 44 pregnant women testing positive for COVID-19, with overall 364 cases, 51 recoveries and 4 deaths.
Chief Medical Officer, Kulgam Dr Fazil Ali Kochak, while providing the details told Excelsior that out of 44, 12 such women have recovered and that they are expecting more in days to come.
Further, district Ganderbal has 9 COVID-19 positive women, with 1 recovery, while as Budgam has 4 with 2 recoveries.
Meanwhile, emulating District Administration Srina-gar’s decision of sending pregnant women on official leave, the District Administration Anantnag also today ordered that such women working in Government departments and establishments involved in public dealing shall be sent on leave from June 6 to June 30 this year.
The order was issued by the District Magistrate who is also the chairman of District Disaster Management Authority.
The order said that a good number of female employees working in various offices including Government Offices, Private Organizations, Banks, and Health Offices of the district, Anantnag are going through gestation phases.
Further, the order has directed that all the pregnant women are sent on leave while as providing them all the benefits for the period.
“During the period the pregnant women officials shall be entitled to full pay/ emoluments/ arrears as due during routine duty. DDOs shall also send a consolidated list of such employees to DDMA indicating the expected date of delivery enabling this office to monitor special requirements of individual cases,” the order stated.