Pointing to glaring mishandling of potential Covid-19 cases, it has come to fore that at least six of the ten persons who were huddled in a single ambulance from Shopian and sent to GMC Anantnag have tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.
As reported by Greater Kashmir, the victims had been boughtfor testing at the GMC Anantnag on Tuesday morning. Among the ten, three werewomen and four children.
All of them were initially turned back by the doctors sayingthe patients from that area as per protocol could be tested in Pulwama districthospital only.
They were made to wait the entire day in the hospitalpremises and their samples were taken not before the intervention of districtadministration at around 5:00 pm.
"All of them were later driven in the same ambulance to thequarantine center in Shopian," a doctor wishing anonymity said.
This newspaper is in possession of photographs of theambulance from Shopian bearing registration number JK22 7499 wherein thepotential covid19 patients could be seen.
A doctor wishing anonymity told Greater Kashmir that thiswas a sheer negligence on the part of the hospital authorities that has put torisk many lives.
"By packing them in a single ambulance and then sending themhere and keeping them waiting for the entire day in the hospital premises hasincreased the likelihood of cross-infection," he said.
The doctor said all protocols were violated in thatparticular case.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Shopian, Dr. Ramesh refused tocomment on the issue.
Deputy Chief Medical officer (CMO) Shopian, Dr. Rubina onTuesday evening had admitted to this correspondent that the tests of thesepatients were conducted after the intervention of the district administration.She had added that she would look into the issue of bundling all suspectpatients in a single ambulance.
Principal GMC Anantnag Dr. Showkat Jeelani confirmed thetests of these cases from Shopian were done after following set procedures."The availability of testing kits might be the reason that the patients werenot taken to the Pulwama hospital for testing," he said.
The principal, however, said all the protocols were followedwhile taking samples. On keeping them waiting for the entire day, he said, "Ittake a bit of time to collect samples."
One family member each from these two families had a contactwith the first COVID-19 positive patient of Kashmir. So far at least fivepersons from Shopian who had arrived in the flight from Saudi Arabia with thefirst positive patient of Kashmir, a lady from Srinagar, according to doctorshave tested positive that too after completing the necessary quarantine period.