Authorities in Kashmir on Monday ordered the cancellation of leaves of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in the valley hospitals in view of the spike in Covid-19 cases in the region.
In an order issued here, Director Health Services, Kashmir, asked all the chief medical officers/medical superintendents and other territorial offices falling within the jurisdiction of the Directorate to cancel the leaves amid an upsurge of the pandemic.
“…all the leaves either sanctioned or under consideration at Directorate level or at respective offices of CMO’s and other DDO’s in respect of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and other officials of this Department are hereby cancelled forthwith except maternity leave and leave taken in view of extreme medical exigencies,” the order said.
The director also directed the chief medical officers/medical superintendents and other territorial offices to refrain from forwarding any kind of leave to his office till further orders.
Jammu and Kashmir have been witnessing a spike in daily cases over the last few weeks. The Lieutenant Governor’s office on Sunday also ordered the closure of schools up to class 9 for two weeks and class 10 to 12 for a week.