No positive case of coronavirus in Kashmir so far: Director SKIMS

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By KNO on 18/03/2020.

No positive case of coronavirus in Kashmir so far: Director SKIMS

No patient with symptoms of coronavirus received by SKIMS today, says Nodal Officer


Srinagar, Mar 18: Director Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) Soura Dr A G Ahanger on Wednesday said that so far all the samples sent for coronavirus test have been found negative and there is no need to panic.

According to wire service—Kashmir News Service (KNO), while addressing a selected group of media men at SKIMS, Soura, he said that they been checking each and every person with a travel history and had sent 41 samples so far for testing. “40 out of 41 have tested negative while as one report is still awaited and hopefully that will be negative too,” he said.

He said that there is no need to panic but “precautionary measures need to be taken.”

“Coronavirus virus can be stopped by covering mouth with tissue or handkerchief while coughing and sneezing,” Dr Ahanger said. “People should wash your hands frequently with soap and water. They should not touch mouth with hands, nose and eyes and should take plenty of hot water.”

He said that public is advised to refrain from visiting hospitals and should avoid social gathering, public transport and cash transactions ” People who are travelling from foreign especially coronavirus hit countries must stay at home and don’t approach doctors unnecessarily unless there are some symptoms,” Ahanger added.

He said that all the patients who have travel history and have been quarantined at SKIMS are recovering and people must believe facts only not rumours. “Quarantine is a must for the people returning from coronavirus hit countries even if there are no symptoms. Family members and relatives of such persons who are returning from abroad must keep the person in isolation for some time so that they won’t get affected if the person has some symptoms of virus,” the SKIMS director said.

Meanwhile, Doctor Ghulam Hassan Yatoo, Nodal officer for coronavirus at SKIMS told KNO that no patient with symptoms of coronavirus was received by SKIMS today. “There are 15 patients who have been quarantined at the Institute and among them 14 have tested negative while as result of one is awaited,” he said

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