Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday urged Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu to fast-track the recruitment process of doctors and paramedics in Jammu and Kashmir, in view of coronavirus pandemic.

Bukhari said that the situation that arose due to coronavirus outbreak has overburdened the medical fraternity of J&K, and emergency recruitment of medicos is need of the hour.

“To fight this deadly disease, we need to have a sound healthcare system and manpower. When the healthcare system is already running on crunches, the safety of our people is on stake,” he said.

Bukhari said that UT administration needs to rise to the occasion and immediately hire technical assistants, nurses, medical officers, theatre assistants, X-ray and laboratory technicians and F/MPHWs on a priority basis.

“We are in a war-like situation and we need to fight it together. But doctors and paramedics are fighting this disease on ground. We need to support them and provide them with all the necessary help and manpower,” JKAP president said.

Bukhari said that the shortage of doctors has badly affected healthcare and the fight against COVID19.

JKAP president said we too lack behind the World Health Organisation norm of doctor-patient ratio.”Jammu and Kashmir has less doctor-patient ratio as compared to norms, which is an alarming sign. Under these circumstances, the administration needs to act responsibly, and start recruitment of medical and para-medical staff in the UT,” Bukhari said.

Expressing concern over the coronavirus pandemic, Bukhari said in these testing times, people need to cooperate with the administration and stay home. “Number of COVID19 patients are increasing day by day, we all as a responsible citizen need to stay home and cooperate with the administration,” he said.

Bukhari said that Jammu and hospitals are grappling with a shortage of ventilators, mask and protective gears amid coronavirus threat. “The hospitals are facing a shortage of essential medical kits to detect coronavirus. The administration needs to take more provocative steps to make these things available in hospitals,” he said.

Bukhari also expressed grief over the demise of an elderly person from Hyderpora Srinagar, who became the first victim of COVID19 in Kashmir.


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