867 healthcare workers have tested COVID positive in Kashmir so far

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As many as 867 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID19 in Kashmir so far, of which 295 were doctors and 572 paramedics working in different healthcare institutions across the Kashmir division.

According to health department officials the doctors and paramedics particularly those conducting tests for COVID have a higher rate of catching viral respiratory infection.

As per the data accessed by Greater Kashmir, the maximum number of doctors and paramedics who tested positive were reported from Srinagar district. The officials say that the reason for high number of cases of healthcare workers in Srinagar district is due to the fact that main tertiary care healthcare institutes are located in the summer capital of J&K.

“Healthcare workers are our heroes in the fight against pandemic. While discharging their professional duties they get exposed to this virus. Though the government has ensured all the facilities such as PPE kits, facemasks, etc, yet some of the healthcare workers get infected,” said OSD, Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Qazi Haroon.

Healthcare workers have been facing the brunt of COVID across the country.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) said on Friday that over 500 doctors in the country have died due to COVID-19.