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Coronavirus: Jammu Kashmir starts re-engagement of retired doctors

Last Updated on April 1, 2020 at 8:55 am

In the wake of increasing cases of Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory has decided to re-engage the health professionals and consultants who have retired.

Rohit Kansal, principal secretary planning and spokesperson of the government said that the re-engagement of health professionals and consultant has already started to deal with the menace that has infected 62 people in Jammu and Kashmir and claimed two lives.

In a press conference, Kansal also informed that 90,000 masks and 6000 sanitizers have also been distributed to the personnel employed in essential services who are helping to deal with Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kansal also said that government is upgrading health infrastructure to fight the pandemic. It has set up 11 exclusive OVID-19 hospitals, an administrative quarantine facility of over 35000 beds and 2400 treatment beds. Masks, PPEs and ventilators are being procured.

Govt at present is pursuing contact tracing actively. Nearly 2000 contacts of positive cases, even asymptomatic ones also, have been traced and all would be tested. Kansal said, “it is better to be strict and firm initially than dealing with a large pool of infections at a later stage”.

It was also informed during the press conference that a 24×7 helpline at Resident Commissioner Delhi has so far received 2800 calls from students and other J&K residents. Similarly helplines for migrant labourers belonging to J&K and those from other States stranded in J&K has received over 600 calls.

Rohit Kansal said Govt has stepped up testing process. It is first to start testing locally through 4 testing labs with testing rate 77.5 per million next only to Kerela. UT has a total of 62 cases of which 58 are active cases of Coronavirus.

A total of 10355 persons are under home quarantine whereas 17041 persons have been enlisted for observation.