Srinagar: With surge in number of COVID-19 patients in Kashmir, more and more people are being sent for quarantine. But the family members of the confirmed cases who have been lodged in different quarantine centers are alleging that they are being even denied the basic facilities.
Recently, more than twenty persons of a Srinagar locality who were placed under quarantine in a hospital here ran away from the facility after they alleged that doctors didn’t come near them and they were not provided masks, sanitizers and were made to share one washroom.
These people were brought back and assured that they won’t face any difficulties again. The Jammu and Kashmir administration also placed one doctor under suspension and terminated the contract of another medico on the charges of showing negligence towards their duties.
“Received a call from one Mrs Masrat from Natipora Srinagar-whose two kids were tested positive for COVID-19 last week. She is at JLNM hospital where she says the kids have been kept with those positive adult patients, who are being admitted now. She is desperate and wanted me to file a story. There are other common issues as well. It’s not the time for stories, but prompt action from administration. Is anybody listening,” a senior journalist posted on his Facebook wall on Monday.
“All of us are aware of the fact that whosoever comes in contact with the COVID-19 positive case has to be kept under quarantine and observation for 14-days. It’s not the patient only who has to be taken care of. His contacts too have to be traced and managed. It’s not an easy task but the authorities will have to find the ways and means to ensure that such issues are managed till the COVID-19 curve flattens.”
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “All of us are aware of the fact that whosoever comes in contact with the COVID-19 positive case has to be kept under quarantine and observation for 14-days. It’s not the patient only who has to be taken care of. His contacts too have to be traced and managed. It’s not an easy task but the authorities will have to find the ways and means to ensure that such issues are managed till the COVID-19 curve flattens.”
He said, “The authorities will have to focus on getting people tested. This is an important exercise. Recently J&K administration claimed that the testing facilities are faster in J&K than other Union Territories and the States. A person testing positive or negative determines the line of treatment. In absence of any specific treatment the job of doctors is challenging.”
A doctor from the CD Hospital, which has been turned into a COVID-19 centre here, shared a video on social media. “Nearly 18 patients, who are COVID-19 positive, are admitted at CD hospital. The patients admitted here are all stable. Getting infected by the COVID-19 doesn’t mean that one will lose his life. The two patients, who died at CD hospital were brought here in advanced stage,” the doctor is heard saying in the video message.
The doctor is seen heard appealing to the patients whose test reports are awaited to stay within their wards to prevent this deadly virus from spreading. “We are trying our best to overcome the shortcomings and provide all the facilities to patients,” the doctor says.
All protective gear provided to mother of 2 kids : JLNM
Srinagar, Mar 30: According to a spokesperson of JLNM Hospital, Rainawari, several posts were made today on social media without confirming from concerned doctors or hospital management.
In a statement, the spokesperson said the Hospital has at present 11 beds for Isolation and rest of 120 beds for quarantine contacts. All 4 positive patients are admitted in Isolation Ward whereas 86 contacts are in Quarantine Wards.
The spokesperson said the Isolation Ward has separate aluminium partitioned cabins. It has 11 beds and is equipped with 3 ventilators and 8 Cardiac Monitors and other necessary equipments required in case of emergency.
We have to keep all positive patients there until the time our quarantine contacts get shifted to home quarantine. The hospital has wards having 12 bed capacity and we have to keep quarantine contacts in these wards only till they are with us.
The spokesperson said the mother in question who has tested negative and is accompanying her two positive daughters is provided all the required protective gears as per protocol. She is already looking after her two positive kids for last 5 days using protective gears in her separate cabin and her concerns have already been addressed scientifically. The hospital administration are adhering to all universal protocols, the spokesperson added.
This sort of anxiety is a common phenomenon in Isolation and intensive care wards which is being taken care of with effective counseling sessions, the spokesperson added in the statement.