Designate all hospitals as COVID-19 hospitals in north, south Kashmir: DAK  

Don’t  need insurance cover but equipment to fight coronavirus

Srinagar, March 27: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Friday appreciated the efforts of administration for designating hospitals in Srinagar and Jammu as COVID-19 hospitals and demanded to convert all hospitals in north and south Kashmir aa COVID19 hospitals in view of the rising number of positive cases.President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said that around 85% of Covid-19 positive cases don’t have severe illness and can be managed at rural health care setup.”It is quite apparent that the spectrum of illness does not demand that all cases to be rushed into COVID-19 hospitals designated at Srinagar and this is invariably going to overburden central health infrastructure,” he said.Dr Naik said treating pandemic like Covid-19 demands decentralization of health services as well as up-gradation of tertiary care simultaneously.”This disaster could be averted only by the massive deployment of outreach services. Pandemic solutions are required for the entire population, not only for hospitals. This approach would limit the burden on central hospitals thereby decreasing  workload on health care workers, and minimizing consumption of protective equipment,” he said.DAK said in hospitals, protection of medical personnel should be prioritized and there should be no compromise made on protocols.”There should be uninterrupted distribution and supply of N95 masks and personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontline health workers,” it said.On Friday, the doctor’s body held tele-meeting which was presided by Dr Suhail Naik and was attended by General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar, Dr Arshid H Trag, Dr Adil Wani, Dr Masood Ul Hassan, Dr Masood R, Dr Bilal Beigh, Dr Naseer Ta, Dr Zakir, Dr Fayaz Bhat, Dr Banday and Muhammad Yusuf Tak.The doctor’s body appealed to the government to focus on measures to prevent infection be implemented massively, in all locations and including in vehicles.Stating that medical and paramedical staff were stopped at several places, DAK urged for hassle-free movement of vehicles of doctors and paramedics.It appealed the government to provide transport facility to ferry medical staff to  various hospitals across Kashmir.DAK appealed the administration to designate hotels in districts as hostel facility for medical staff with all facilities saying it is risky for medical staff to go home risking the lives of their families.”We don’t need insurance cover but basic equipment to fight Covid-19,” it said and appealed people to stay home, stay safe and break the chain.

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