Social distancing potent weapon to fight COVID19: Director SKIMS

Director Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) on Tuesday urged people to adhere to health advisories and maintain social distancing to prevent spread of coronavirus infection

In a statement the Director Dr AG Ahanger with the increase in rate of transmission, the medical advice points toward curtailment of social contact, a key to reduce the spread of the deadly infection.

The statement said the SKIMS witnessed a positive development in fight against the pandemic.

“The first positive case, an elderly women with a history of foreign travel and symptomatic who was  admitted for management of the infection, has responded very well to the treatment, and has, in fact, recovered with repeated tests as negative in 24 hours,” the statement said. “The patient has progressive recovery and is being shifted to Level-II for further quarantine purpose.”

“Besides, the Viral Diagnostic and Research Laboratory (VDRL) has tested 219 samples so far, of which eight have been tested positive, while others are negative,” he said. “Most of these patients admitted for observation continue to be under surveillance in coordination with Directorate of Health Services and other nodal agencies.”

Sharing details the Director said so far 152 coronavirus cases have been “treated” at the institute while nine patients found positive were presently under treatment in Isolation ward and 91 suspected patients were in quarantine ward.

“Besides, 33 patients have been discharged till date, three patients who were admitted have been detected positive and 19 suspected patients who were admitted today for investigation and management are awaiting tests,” the director said.