The number of Covid-19 cases are skyrocketing in Kashmir each day with no signs of ebbing, top doctors at the forefront of the fight against the deadly virus in the valley have this to say.
Dr Mohammad Sultan Khuroo:-
“Earlier we used to say that protect elderly people having comorbidities but it is severe now and is involving younger people. Earlier it was behaving mildly but now infection is severe among young people too, so there is a need to protect every person.”
Dr Khursheed Ahmad, pulmonologist at CD hospital:-
“Authorities here are selective, schools have been closed but music concerts and other things are going on. There is a need for a pragmatic approach and need to keep a vigil on highway and airport. Lockdown is not a solution but there is a need to install proper checking points so that we can beat the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Dr Saleem Khan, Nodal Officer for COVID-19
“It’s unfortunate that our young generation is worst hit by Covid-19. We seriously need to implement SOPs as the situation cannot be taken for granted. Its effect was very causal last year but the general population got badly affected this year”.
Dr Naveed Nazir, Head of Department at Chest Diseases Hospital
“We had been stating that Covid is here and it has not gone away. There are over 100 beds available for the virus affected patients and almost there is 90 per cent occupancy. We are not admitting patients with mild symptoms and they are asked to go for home isolation. At present all our beds are almost full. We have oxygen facility at all the beds and have ventilators as a backup as well. We also have 50 more beds available as a backup at a nursing home.”