Not following COVID-19 protocols increasing patients, overburdening health infrastructure: DAK

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Friday said that not adhering to protocols is exponentially increasing COVID-19 patients and subsequently overburdening health infrastructure.

President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said that while managing a pandemic of such a huge magnitude, manpower or infrastructure becomes a limiting factor which has happened in many developed countries having better healthcare.

“We are overstretched beyond limits and sustainable management of pandemic and non-COVID ailments is now double-edged sword for us,” he said.

Naik said that not adhering to protocols is exponentially increasing COVID patients and subsequently overburdening health infrastructure which in turn derails management of non-covid-19 ailments.

“We appeal people that it is our collective responsibility to fight this disaster and it is not time to criticize or to become complacent,” he said.

DAK said, “collectively we can save thousands of humans lives and that must be our utmost responsibility.”

DAK appealed the government to home quarantine all asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic and mildly symptomatic cases to save people from getting infected.

“We can decrease the burden on isolation and hospitals while keeping asymptomatic cases at home. But pulse oximeters, a device used to monitor the amount of oxygen carried in the body, should be made available,” it said.

“It is time to admit only patients with moderate to severe disease in level 1 and level 2,” the DAK president said.

The doctor’s body also appealed the government to upgrade high flow oxygen supported beds in all hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir.

“Oxygen is drug of choice for COVID bilateral pneumonia and can save a number of lives,” he said.

Reacting over the rising coronavirus cases and deaths, DAK said it is high time to maintain a critical balance between hospital infrastructure and the incidence of new cases.

“Incidence of new cases is directly proportional to overcrowding and not following the pandemic protocols religiously,” Naik said.

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