'All COVID19 patients responding well to treatment at CD hospital'

Head, Chest Disease Hospital, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah Friday said all COVID19 patients admitted at the facility were responding well to the treatment.

Speaking on the coronavirus pandemic preparedness at the hospital, Dr Nazir, a renowned chest disease specialist, said the government was taking every possible step to cater to the load of patients and reach out to the areas—declared as red zones and conduct testing.

He informed there were 19 COVID19 patients admitted at the hospital and all were responding well to the treatment.

He said doctors and paramedics working at the hospital were doing their best to make a difference amid the severe health crisis.

“We have seen that there is a general trend that we mostly get the positive cases which have been the contacts of already positive cases,” he said.

Regarding quarantine facilities, Dr Nazir said “we have established testing as well as quarantine facilities in hospitals including CD Hospital.” He said like rest of the world, Kashmir too was grappling with coronavirus pandemic and people must take all precautionary measures to keep the virus away.

He shared some of the patients will be discharged soon, after following a proper protocol. He informed that the second consecutive test report of first patient admitted in the Hospital for Covid19 was also reported as negative.

He said that on Thursday the first test of this patient was found negative and today for re-confirmation, once more the sample of this patient admitted at the Hospital was collected and report again was found negative.

Dr Nazir appreciated the role of its Microbiology Department, saying that they have been working tirelessly ever since the COVID-19 outbreak.

He appealed people to reveal their travel history and thus ensure safety of all. “People should come clean on their travel history,” he said.

He said people have an essential role to play in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. He said small changes in personal behavior can buy time, slow the outbreak, preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and reducing cases until scientists develop treatments.

He said there were sufficient supplies available with the hospital. He lauded the role of NGOs, who were coming forward to help the administration, especially health sector workers.

Dr Naveed lauded the role of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for installing and operationalizing its first decontamination and sanitation tunnel at the hospital.