Srinagar: Nodal Officer coronavirus control efforts Dr. Shafqat Khan said no positive coronovirus case has been detected in J&K.
“Seven persons who had travel history were in medical observation. Two of them have already been reported negative. And medical report of five persons of which three are in Srinagar and two Jammu hospitals is awaited”
“At this moment we can say everything is under control. We want to create awareness among general masses about the precautions to be taken that will help us to keep K&K UT free of Coronovirus, “ he told KNS.
He appealed the people who have travel history of visiting affected countries to report themselves to the concerned authorities.
Regarding the question of bringing back J&K students who are stuck in affected countries, Dr Khan said,” Ministry of health is in touch with externally affairs ministry and it will decide when and how to get them back .“
He told KNS that additional measures have been taken to prevent the spread of virus in Jammu and Kashmir besides a new administrative reporting structure has been created in the Union Territory to monitor the Coronavirus situation.
Government has established 33 bedded isolation ward at Government Medical College Jammu for Coronavirus cases and 22 bedded such facility at GMC, Srinagar, SKIMS Soura and Maternity Hospital Sanatnagar in Kashmir valley. The sample taking facility has been kept at GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu.
Meanwhile sources said that the government has asked all the Chief Medical Officers across the UT to maintain the SOPs strictly. They have been asked to transport such people from airport and home to test lifting facilities in designated ambulances.
Sources said that Health Department of the UT is in continuous touch with National Center for Disease Control in New Delhi and National Institute of Virology Pune.
Sources said that Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo also advised the officers to be extra vigilant and follow the established protocol in handling all suspected cases.
The death toll in China’s novel coronavirus has gone up to 3000, mostly from the hard-hit Hubei province