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CORONAVIRUS SCARE: Kashmir medical doctors to be educated in quarantine protocols

Srinagar, Mar 3: Jammu and Kashmir administration is mulling to send doctors outside the valley for training in quarantine protocols in an attempt to check the spread of the coronavirus infection in the union territory.

Though no
coronavirus case has been reported in Kashmir, health officials said all
hospitals should ensure their staff is trained and well-prepared to deal with
the virus.

Financial
Commissioner of Health and Medical Education Department Atal Dullo said that
there is less awareness among the medicos on how to deal with the emerging
infection.

“Therefore, we
have decided to train our medicos in quarantine protocols, and practices needed
to promptly identify and isolate patients, with possible coronavirus, and
inform health authorities in time,” Dullo said.

Under the plan,
medicos from various health institutes including SKIMS, SMHS, and Directorate
of Health Services will receive training outside the valley.

Dr. Salim Khan,
HOD Community Medicine, said in order to strengthen the screenings, the
additional trained staff has been placed at the Srinagar airport.

“We have
established an isolation center at Sanat Nagar so that the suspected cases are
directly taken there instead of tertiary care center. Accordingly, staff from
microbiology laboratories will be sent to collect the samples,” he said

Dr. Khan said the
hospital administration is raising awareness among people by issuing advisories
on the infection.

“The idea is to
inform people about symptoms associated with coronavirus, mainly cold, cough,
sore throat and fever, and when to approach a hospital,” Dr. Salim said.

On the other
side, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan reviewed the measures taken
with regard to coronavirus at the Srinagar Airport.

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Coronavirus is a
type of virus that typically affects the respiratory tracts of birds and
mammals, including humans. The virus first surfaced in Wuhan in December 2019
but has since spread to different countries including India.

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