SRINAGAR — Kashmir’s top medico, Dr Naveed Nazir, on Monday said that it is high time for the people to take all precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and that the situation should not be allowed to go out of control.
Talking to KNO, the Head of Department at Chest Diseases Hospital Dalgate, Srinagar, Dr Naveed, said that the situation should not be allowed to go out of control and people should take all precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
“We had been stating that COVID-19 is here and it has not gone away. One thing that needs to be hailed is that people have started following SOPs. There is hardly anyone who does not wear a mask. This is a good sign,” he said, adding that “we must strictly follow SOPs and contain the situation.”
About the present position at CD Hospital — one of the premier hospitals dealing with COVID-19 positive patients — Dr Naveed said among over 100 beds available for the virus-affected patients, there is almost 90 per cent occupancy. “We are not admitting patients with mild symptoms and they are asked to go for home isolation. At present, all our beds are almost full. We have oxygen facility at all the beds and have ventilators as a backup as well. We also have 50 more beds available as a backup at a nursing home,” the leading medico said. He said that all the cases admitted at CD hospital are severe cases who need oxygen and injectables.
Dr Naveed was speaking to KNO after attending a meeting convened by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Mayor, Junaid Mattu, to take stock of the preparations to deal with the situation that has arisen after a huge spike in COVID-19 positive cases in Kashmir.
Over 1500 positive cases were reported in J&K on Sunday — highest in the past six months. Dr Naveed said that there is no shortage of oxygen in Srinagar and one more oxygen plant is coming up in the city this month.
He said that SMHS Hospital and other hospitals have also been designated as COVID-19 hospitals “but people should not allow the situation to go out of control and stick to the protocols strictly.”
About the COVID-19 vaccine, he said that some cases have tested positive even after taking the vaccine, but that is obvious as the vaccine takes at least three weeks to adjust in the body. “Its efficacy, too, isn’t 100 per cent but it will surely help to prevent the severity in the patients who test positive, which is significant. People must take vaccines as it helps to prevent mortality,” he said. (KNO)