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Front-line warriors too fall victim to COVID-19, Kashmir’s leading pulmonologist also tested positive
6/2/2020 11:17:33 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report

Srinagar, June 2: The health workers who are on the forefront to fight COVID-19 seem to be prime victims of coronavirus in Kashmir. The latest victim is one of the leading pulmonologists in the Valley, who tested positive for COVID-19 late last evening.
An official said that swab sample of the doctor was collected for testing yesterday afternoon after he had come in close contact of a COVID-19 patient.
The doctor had been leading the COVID-19 fight in Chest Disease Hospital, which has been designated as COVID-19 hospital by the authorities.
An official said all the doctors and hospital staff, who had come in contact with the doctor have been put to quarantine. The positive test result of a leading pulmonologist has come a few days after a senior IAS officer tested positive for coronavirus, sending alarming bells among the bureaucrats and government machinery.
There have also been 33 deaths due to Covid-19 in the J&K – 29 in Kashmir and 4 in Jammu region. An official of Health Department said that over two dozen health workers have been tested positive for coronavirus in Kashmir.. “Among them three nurses, one doctor of the Super Speciality Hospital Srinagar have also fallen victim to COVID-19. Similarly, there have been nurses and doctors at SKIMS Bemina who too have been infected.
An official of administrative block of GMC Srinagar has got infected,” the official said. On May 12 at least 40 health care workers at SKIMS Soura including 12 doctors were quarantined after a woman from Anantnag was tested positive.
“Doctors are fighting this battle at the forefront but unfortunately government is not providing us proper protective gear,” a doctor at SMHS hospital said.
“If government does not provide doctors proper protective gear, we will lose doctors before patients. We need protective gear also in emergency wards and other wards also because we don’t know who is a coronavirus patient till tests are done,” he said.
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