SRINAGAR: Amid spike in Covid-19 cases, the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has written an open letter to the Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu, demanded immediate re-imposition of lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir.
Here is the full text of the letter:
Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor
Govt of Jammu & Kashmir
Subject: Appeal for Re-imposition of another Lockdown and strengthening of Hospital Resources
With reference to the above-mentioned subject it is to state that the increase of COVID 19 mortality and morbodity especially during past few weeks in Kashmir valley, a grim picture of hospitals vis a vis Covid 19 patients is expected in coming weeks. As have the live examples of Italy and Spain infront of us who have the health infrastructure among the best in the world but unfortunately crumbled due to unexpected rise of Covid19 patients.
We are unfortunately seeing a very bleak picture of our hospitals in coming weeks due to the patient overload as beds may fall short in addition to the manpower which is already limited. Hospitals are nearly working at their full capacity and may collapse anytime if some concrete steps are not taken.
We therefore appeal that measures like a strict lockdown is re-imposed at the earliest which will help in giving some breather and in addition will help in augmenting the health infrastructure further especially at District and Sub district Hospital level.
Covid level 2 and level 3 hospital beds need to be augmented in ample numbers and must be laced with high flow oxygen supply apart from other emergency medicines and logistics.
Further more plasma Bank needs to be setup at the earliest apart from bulk procurement of Remidevair, HCQ and Dexamethasone.
Personal protection equipments must be procured in bulk so that in any eventuality our manpower doesn’t face shortage of the same.
Asymptomatic Covid positive patients need to be home isolated apart from home quarantine of their contacts as per the guidelines issued by ICMR.
We do hope that our suggestions are taken seriously for the betterment of our people.
Dr Owais H Dar
Dr Suhail Naik,