First Kashmir Covid-19 patient tests negative

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/31/2020 12:59:23 AM

SRINAGAR,Mar 30: The first Coronavirus patient in Kashmir, a woman, has recovered and tested negative for the disease.
This was revealed by director SKMS Dr G A Ahangar.
"SKIMS would like to share a very good and positive development in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. The first positive case, an elderly lady with history of foreign travel and symptomatic thereof, admitted for management of COVID-19 infection, has responded very well to the treatment and, in fact, recovered with the repeated tests as Negative in 24 hours on the 14th day. She has shown progressive recovery and is being shifted to Level-II for further quarantine purpose," Dr Ahangar said.
He stated that SKIMS Soura, Srinagar is trying hard to minimize the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. With the increasing rate of transmission in the number of cases, the medical advice points towards the curtailment of social contact, which is the key towards reducing the spread of this deadly infection.
"It is our Public duty to protect one another from harm. The most effective way to do this is to avoid social contact as much as possible. This includes in all walks of life, be it social or religious. It has become necessary that this extraordinary step is taken to ensure the safety and well being of all, as is being done across the globe," he said.
The director added that SKIMS continues to bear the brunt of COVID-19 patients on account of being symptomatic or falling in the line of suspected cases under various protocols. Till date, the institute has admitted 133 cases, of which 21 have been discharged to home, while six positive cases continue to be under treatment.
"Our UT Level Viral Diagnostic and Research Laboratory (VDRL) has tested 219 samples so far, out of which eight have been tested positive, while others are negative. However most of these patients admitted for observation continue to be under surveillance in coordination with the directorate of health services and other nodal agencies of Jammu and Kashmir," Dr Ahangar said.
He stated that on a threshold of observing massive influx of patients, public at large is again requested to observe and follow all the government advisories as well as the instructions from various health institutions/agencies with regard to prevention and control of this infection.
"Preventive measures to reduce the chances of infection include staying at home, avoiding crowded places, washing hands with soap and warm water, practicing good respiratory hygiene and avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, strictly following official lockdown, and avoid social or religious gatherings, " the director said.



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