Srinagar, Aug 14: The frontline Covid-19 warriors have also transmitted the deadly virus as figures reveal at least 125 doctors and 89 paramedics from Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar and its associated hospitals have tested positive for novel disease so far since March this year.
A senior official at GMC Srinagar told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that till date, 129 doctors and 89 paramedics have been tested positive for Covid-19. “People should understand that not even frontline Covid warriors and doctors are safe from the virus. We request people to take precautions by wearing masks and maintaining hygiene etc,” he said, wishing not to be named.
He said that if more doctors and paramedics test positive, there will be no one to treat patients which ultimately would lead to a disaster. Pertinently, health workers have been continuously blaming the government for exposing them to the coronavirus by not providing them with the adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.
A doctor at SMHS told KNO that the government must take each and every step in order to keep medical staff safe. “If health workers collapse, the health system can’t function and patients will suffer,” he said. As already reported by the KNO, a total of 600 health workers have tested positive for the virus so far across Kashmir.
Two doctors, one each from Gurez, Bandipora and Pampore, Pulwama lost their lives due to Covid-19. Notably, there are over 27000 positive cases of Covid-19 in J&K and over 520 persons have died who were tested positive for the deadly virus.