Fatality Rate Lower In JK Than Other State In India: WHO Official

SRINAGAR: Amid a surge in Covid19 positive cases, Dr Ashiq Rashid Mir, Surveillance Medical Officer, World Health Organization (WHO), Kashmir, expressed optimism over the recovery rate of positive cases along with less case fatality rate in Jammu and Kashmir compared to the rest of the states.

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“This is the main indicator which shows the disease is under control”, Mir was quoted by DIPRJK saying, insisting with the determination and cooperation of people, the impact of a pandemic could be subdued to a large extent. Mir said more than 130 thousand patients have recovered in Kashmir and another eighty thousand have recovered in Jammu which according to him is an encouraging sign.

While reiterating on adherence to universal Covid19 protocols everywhere and at all times, Mir invited the attention of people towards wearing masks properly and asked them not to touch masks while they are wearing it and further advised them to remove mask properly with clean sanitised hands and preferably avoid removing the mask with uncovered hands at the time of disposal.

“The exterior side of the masks may contain the infection and touching it may pose a threat of infection “, Mir warned. Dr Ashiq Mir said that people should wash their hands with soap for thirty seconds while returning home from work. He called these preventive measures the first weapon against curtailing the spread of the pandemic.

While expressing gratitude to the government, he said the central government made it possible to have vaccines abundantly available and free of cost for the people since the beginning.

He asked people to register for vaccination to get an appointment on a specific date for inoculation and get vaccinated on their turn as it is another effective weapon against the infection

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