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1433 persons under surveillance in JK, 1 more tested positive


NL Correspondent

Jammu Tawi, March 12: The Government today informed that 1433 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance and another case has tested positive in , Jammu and .
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 1178 persons have been kept under home quarantine while as 17 are in hospital quarantine.
Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 80 while as 158 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
Further, the Bulletin said that 74 samples have been sent for testing, of which 29 tested as negative and only one case has tested positive, so far while as reports of 44 cases are awaited till March 12, 2020.
As per the latest travel advisory issued by the Central Government, all incoming international travellers, including Indian Nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15th February, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This will come into effect from 5:30 PM IST on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
Further all passengers having travel history to coronavirus affected countries are advised to undergo self-imposed quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival. The people are appealed that they should self-declare about their foreign travel history.
Pertinently, coronavirus lab testing facilities have been started in Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Srinagar and Government Medical College Jammu. One more lab at Government Medical College Srinagar has been operationalized today.
To deal with any exigency, control rooms and surveillance teams have been constituted across all the districts of J&K. Adequate isolation rooms and quarantine facilities have been kept ready in all the Medical Colleges, District Hospitals and other institutions across the Jammu and Kashmir for quarantine and treatment of infected patients and suspected cases.
Moreover adequate numbers of N-95 masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits have been made available for the medical and other associated staff.
The Government has strongly urged all social, religious and political organizations to avoid large gatherings.
“There is no need to panic, the public is advised to maintain social distancing; avoid un-necessary travel and use of public transport; and also take basic precautions including personal hygiene, frequent handwashing with soap and observing coughing and sneezing etiquettes,” the government advisory said.
Anyone with fever, cough and difficulty in breathing has been urged to seek medical care at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the Financial Commissioner & Medical Department, Atal Dulloo today took stock of measures put in place to prevent the spread of corona virus in Jammu and Kashmir besides reviewing the facilities for patients in different hospitals of Jammu.
The FC inspected the isolation wards for corona virus suspects and directed the hospital authorities to follow proper guidelines with utmost care. He also directed them to make the newly constructed Intensive Care Units, High Dependency Wards functional at an earliest.
The FC also visited the Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) hospital where he inspected the quarantine and isolation facilities established for suspected corona virus cases of women and children.
He said that government is closely monitoring the situation and effective measures are being put in place to contain the virus in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that government is capable of tackling the situation and said there is no need to panic. He also dispelled rumours about the death of anyone through this virus. He said that so far only one patient has tested positive in JK whose condition is stable and is under active observation of doctors.
He also said that travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under active surveillance and some of them have completed surveillance period of 28 days.
The FC also sought cooperation from public and advised them to avoid mass gatherings and urged people having travel history to affected countries to undergo self-imposed quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival.
He reiterated that citizens must take basic precautions such as maintaining personal hygiene, hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquettes and must avoid frequently touching face, eyes and nose. He also asked citizens to report any symptoms (fever, difficult breathing and cough) to the medical authorities immediately in order to contain the virus.
Atal Dulloo said that there is no shortage of safety masks and other equipments. He also said that seven pharma shops have been closed who were indulging in overcharging and said that Drug Controller Organisation has been activated to keep a check on the profiteers.
During his visit to GMC, the FC took stock of the facilities available for patients. He directed the concerned to operationalise the new Intensive Care Units, High Dependency Ward and Spinal Injury ward. He said that functioning of these units will bring a major relief to the patients. The FC was informed that all the arrangements are in place and these newly constructed wards will be made operational in next few days.
At Super Specialty Hospital, Jammu, the FC took stock of the functioning of the Dialysis centre where new dialysis machines have been installed for effective patient care.

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