Coronavirus: Disinfecting Tunnel Installed Outside CD Hospital

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SRINAGAR: Srinagar Municipal Corporation on Thursday installed the first disinfecting tunnel outside the Chest Disease Hospital, the main Covid-19 designated hospital in Srinagar. It was locally designed, assembled and installed.

The hospital usually remains crowded as most of the Covid-19 patients are admitted here. Healthcare workers, officials and the attendants of the patients normally visit the hospital and installing the tunnel was vital.

The tunnel can instantly sanitize the people who move through it. It sprays disinfectants on the people in measured quantity. Municipal officials said the spray is not harmful.

Srinagar Mayor, Junaid Azim Matoo visited the facility along with Srinagar Deputy Commissioner, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary when the switches were put on. Mattoo has been quite critical of the successive state governments for their failure in managing better critical healthcare. In a recent tweet, he said Kashmir has only 95 ventilators for a population of eight million.

The hospital in whose premises the facility was installed is the oldest in Kashmir. It was set up in the 1880s, tragically, at the peak of another epidemic.

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