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JKSCD asks Govt to provide proper protection equipment for healthcare providers

Srinagar: JK Society Of Consultant Doctors(JKSCD) has issued advisory to public and asked government to provide proper personnel protection equipment for healthcare providers.

Dr Masood Rashid spokesperson (JK Society of Consultant Doctors in a statement said during the present extenuating circumstances when doctors and other healthcare providers are risking their own health and those of their loved ones in fighting and preventing a pandemic viral outbreak it is pertinent upon the administration to facilitate all aspects relating to provision of continuous, safe healthcare to the society by helping all medical personnel in discharging their professional duties.

“JKSCD appreciates administration for various steps taken in this regard including public awareness initiatives, quarantine facilities at point of entry and advisories issued. However, these initiatives need to be strengthened at every level to fight this worldwide pandemic due to COVID-19,” the statement reads.

As the number of reported cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to rise domestically and globally, the statement says it was important that appropriate precautions be taken to mitigate chances of exposure to the disease until more is known about the disease, its methods of transmission, and exposure risks that may be placed on public.

“As mortality rate is touching 4% with high mortality rates among the elderly and immunocompromised cohorts, people are advised to avoid unnecessary travel, restrict movements of elderly and immunocompromised patients which include dialysis/transplant patients, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, diabetics, asthmatic/COPD patients and patients with other chronic ailments.

As this disease has a longer than usual incubation period, quarantine needs to be done for longer periods– at least for 4 weeks at quarantine/isolation facilities or even at home. At appropriate time, if needed, patients should consult on helpline numbers issued by government,” the statement reads.

JKSCD has requested public at large to maintain proper personal hygiene which include cough and sneezing etiquettes, frequent hand washing with soap and water making sure to clean all parts to the hand and wrist.

“We also advise public to avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals and public gatherings. Public is further appealed to follow scientific advisories issued by designated scientific communities and ignore non scientific messages circulated on social media,” it says.

JKSCD has appealed government to provide protection equipment, hand sanitizers and masks to healthcare providers especially those working in surgical ICU’s, high dependency units (HDU’s), medical ICUs emergency room staff and OPD’s to provide safe environment for medical staff and for the patients they treat otherwise medical staff may become victims and vectors for disease spread.

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