Provide extensive protective gear to medical staff: DAK

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Expressing concern over rising cases of medical staff getting infected with Coronavirus in ICUs worldwide, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday demanded that extensive protective gear must be provided to the medicos and para-medics working in different hospitals where coronavirus patients are being treated in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement, DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan said, “It’s high time that all medicos and para-medics who are handling COVID-19 patients get extensive protective gear. If health care workers collapse, the health system will shut down, and people will die,” he said.

“Medical staff in high risk areas like ICU have more exposure to infection as the severely ill are more infective, and also they do the higher frequency of medical intervention and aerosol-generating procedures like intubation and respiratory/ airway suctioning,” he said.

Dr Nisar said health care workers must self-monitor, report signs of illness and not engage in patient care while exhibiting respiratory symptoms.

“Many health care workers have medical conditions that elevates risk of severe infection and death. Such work force should be redeployed away from high risk sites,” he advised.

“With COVID-19 crisis likely to stretch over weeks to months, ensuring that health care workers get adequate rest and are supported as health care professional and as an individual will help to keep themgoing,” said Dr Nisar.