Visits COVID-19 hospital in Jammu, asks senior doctors to take frontline
Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, is leading from the front in the fight against the COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir.
He recently visited Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu to take stock of the situation. “LG’s visit surprised everyone as not many people expected the head of the union territory to visit the hospital that houses the COVID-19 patients,” said an observer.
He said, “LG’s visit to the COVID hospital is a message to one and all that people can’t be left to fend on their own. They have to be provided with all the facilities so that they can fight the pandemic. LG’s message is clear, he has asked senior doctors to take frontline.”
An official while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “The Lieutenant Governor is personally monitoring the situation and is taking the feedback on hourly basis from all the quarters. The administration is providing all the facilities to the hospitals and is ensuring that no institution runs out of supply. The capacity of the hospitals is being increased and makeshift facilities are being put in place to ensure that people don’t suffer.”
An analyst said, “We are caught in a very difficult situation and we have to fight it out. The government is trying its best to control the spread of the virus. The lockdown has helped to stop the virus transmission. Restricting the movement of people has helped in stopping the virus from spreading rapidly.”
He said, “People should understand that the lockdown is for their benefit. At present there is no other way to stop the virus from spreading. The vaccination and lockdown are the only ways to save ourselves from getting caught in a difficult situation. Precaution is better than cure.”
Director SKIMS Dr A G Ahangar recently stated that the people have to choose between the ventilator and vaccine.
Dr Ahangar had emphasised the need for the Mass Vaccination Campaign, he had stated that the only ultimate weapon against the Corona Pandemic are vaccines. “We have to choose between vaccine or ventilator, vaccine or death, vaccine or famine,” the Director SKIMS had told this newspaper.
He had hoped that people at large would understand the gravity of the situation and the crisis that would otherwise unfold.
The Health and Medical Education Department on Tuesday said that J&K has received fresh consignment of Covishield vaccine. The immunization drive in J&K will continue on war footing basis from tomorrow (Wednesday) May 19. “The government has also assured a continuous supply of vaccine doses to meet the requirements,” the Health department added.
A medico said, “People should not shy away from taking the vaccines and need to get a COVID-19 jab as soon as possible. The vaccine is the only protective shield available at present to save us from the virus.”