At least thirteen persons who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir last month were discharged from hospital on Tuesday after their latest test returned negative, the government spokesman said.
Taking to social networking site Twitter, government spokesman Rohit Kansal wrote: “More Positive Developments: 13 more COVID +Ve patients discharged from CD Hospital Srinagar after treatment/recovery. Good Job everyone.”
More Positive Developments: 13 more COVID +Ve patients discharged from CD Hospital Srinagar after treatment/recovery. Good Job everyone. #Togetherwecan#Weshallovercome@diprjk @HealthMedicalE1 @listenshahid
— Rohit Kansal (@kansalrohit69) April 14, 2020
“A satisfactory moment … relieved 13 covid patients for home quarantine… not to lower our guard….stay home .. stay safe.. maintain social distance..obey advisories.Together v can overcome all challenges (sic),” Head of Department Chest Disease Hospital Srinagar, Dr Naveed Shah tweeted.
A satisfactory moment … relieved 13 covid patients for home quarantine… not to lower our guard….stay home .. stay safe.. maintain social distance..obey advisories.
Together v can overcome all challenges @listenshahid @drsamiarashid
— Dr Naveed Shah (@naveednazirshah) April 14, 2020
“Thanks to all my colleagues microbiologists supporting staff … this will motivate us to work even harder,” he tweeted.
On Monday, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah had said that Srinagar will soon move into the stage of discharging recovered COVID-19 patients and it was important to understand that these persons are now as normal as others.
Today we discharged 13 patients from Kashmir Nursing Home who have recovered from Covid 19 and asked them to be in home quarantine. Please do not ostracise them or discriminate against their families. We are already hearing distressing stories of the same. Kindly be humane.
— Samia Rashid (@drsamiarashid) April 14, 2020
He said while it is understandable that people are scared of this disease and one must take all precautions as required it is important to understand that those who had it and have now recovered are just as free from it as others who don’t have it.
Dr Naveed said the stigma that has been seen as having been attached to someone affected with this infection is uncalled-for and it is important to end it for all societies to live a normal life.
“There is no risk of transmission after a patient has recovered and become negative for the viral load — adding however that as a precaution the recovered person must remain under quarantine for the required period after discharge from the hospital,” Dr Naveed had said on Monday.