COVID-19: Health official among two test positive in Poonch

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By KNB on 18/05/2020.

COVID-19: Health official among two test positive in Poonch

‘Nearly 100 employees who were as active contacts health official identified’


Poonch, May 18: Poonch district of Jammu division on Monday witnessed two more positive cases of deadly Coronavirus, officials said.

The total number of COVID cases in the district has reached three while one among the fresh positive case is an official in the health department posted in Surankote hospital.

Talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), District Magistrate Poonch, Rahul Yadav said that on Monday afternoon, they have received the sample reports of two more positive cases today.

He said that one of the fresh cases is from Poonch, who has a travel history of Punjab and was presently in an administrative quarantine in Poonch. The second positive case is a health department official belonging to Surankote and was posted in the hospital there.

District Magistrate further said that both the patients have been shifted for treatment in the designated hospital and other action as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is being taken. Officer further appealed people of the district to remain cautious and to help authorities in containment of the Coronavirus

Meanwhile, in an order issued by the District Magistrate Poonch, the Fazlabad village of Surankote, which is native village of health official who was tested positive today, has been declared as red zone while as the public movement has also been banned in the area.

Four other villages in its vicinity including Pamrote, Dandi Dhara, Dhara Mohra and Sanglani have been declared as buffer zone and the administrative quarantine in Christ School Poonch have been declared as contaminant zone.

In the order, DM Poonch has also directed for complete lockdown in all the villages. Meanwhile, around one hundred officials of health department including doctors, para-medics, sweepers and health administrators were considered as active contacts of one of the Nursing Orderly of the Sub District Hospital Surankote who was tested positive earlier in a day.

Confirming the details, Block Medical Officer (BMO) Surankote, Dr. Zulifqar said that Nursing Orderly was posted in Surankote sub district hospital with no travel history.

“So far, we have identified around one hundred officials of health department who might have come in contact with the positive case and this is a cause of concern,” BMO said. He added that samples of all the officials shall be taken from Tuesday morning onwards.

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