Vaccines can equip us to fight second COVID wave effectively, say experts  

Srinagar: Increase in number of COVID-19 cases across the country has sent the alarm bells ringing. The second wave of the Coronavirus has arrived.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, while chairing the virtual meeting of chief ministers earlier this week had asked them to get the vaccination drive expedited and COVID-19 sops need to be enforced to prevent the situation from taking an ugly turn.
An official while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “The J&K administration is gearing up to meet any eventuality and system is being put in place to face any crisis like situation.”
It’s in place to mention here that in J&K also there has been spike in the positive cases. The administration on Thursday said that it is getting ready to administer 3 lakh vaccine doses in a day and preparations are on to make the plan work.
President of Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said that vaccination is critical to end the pandemic phase of the virus. “When enough people will get vaccination against the virus, and that too quickly we may see an end to the pandemic soon. Even with the vaccination, virus is going to stay around and cause smaller outbreaks, much like seasonal flu.”
In February this year the experts had warned about second wave of COVID-19 breaking out in the country. They had stressed on the need for taking all the precautions to keep the virus at bay. “The COVID-19 variant has mutated so we need to be careful. Wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are must to defeat the virus which has changed its colour. People should not hesitate in getting themselves vaccinated. We need to learn from our past experiences. The first wave of COVID taught has many things. Sticking to basics is the key,” the medico added.
Union Health Ministry on Friday said that India recorded a whopping 39,726 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, pushing the country caseload to 1,15,14,331, while the death toll soared to 1,59,370 with 154 more fatalities. It said the active cases rose by 18,918 to stand at 2,71,282. It is now 2.20 per cent of the total caseload. The fatality rate stood at 1.39 per cent.
Another medico said, “The rise in COVID-19 cases is an indication that J&K needs to remain prepared. In fact there has been surge in the infections during the past few days in Kashmir as well as the Jammu region.”
He said, “May be the vaccine may not make people completely immune but it can at least save lives and prevent the virus from becoming deadly. The vaccines are safe. Getting vaccinated will equip us to fight the second wave of the COVID-19 more effectively.”

“After being converted into medical college, the patient rush at the facility has almost doubled. However, the staff strength of the cardiology department continues to be same.”

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