24 COVID 19 patients under treatment, recovering: Director SKIMS

Director Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Dr A G Ahanger Monday said of 283 probable COVID 19 patients, 238 have been discharged while 24 patients who have tested positive for the infection were under treatment and recovering.

In a statement the Director said the first positive case, a woman with travel history, has been discharged after recovery and was now under administrative quarantine.  Regarding a “young food vendor” who had also tested positive, the Director said his condition was serious at the time of admission, but he was recovering now.

Regarding treatment of non-COVID patients, the Director said the institute has taken many steps. “Wherever possible, we should try to delay or postpone hospital visit of a non-COVID patient. We continue to run all emergency services, OPDs and cancer management treatment,” he said.

The Director said to avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital, the institute has dedicated seven telephone lines for telemedicine consultation.

The Director said SKIMS has been handling life consuming ailments, be it cancer, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes, road accidents, neuro-trauma and other end stage ailments and multi-level organ failures without a fail.

He said as per the severity of the disease the patients were being treated at 1, 2, 3 and 4 levels of isolation. “For the severe level 4 patients with severe respiratory syndrome, the dedicated ventilators are used. At the same time the institute has purchased around 20 more ventilators and we are getting three more from voluntary organisations. And many other NGOs are willing to help us in these types of equipment, consumable items and disposable items,” he said.