J&K records 3,967 COVID cases, 71 deaths


Cases coming down by 10-12 pc in Kashmir


Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 3,967 fresh coronavirus cases taking the infection tally to 2,51,919 while 71 fatalities in a span of 24 hours took the death toll to 3,293 in the union territory, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 1,704 were reported from the Jammu division and 2,263 from the Kashmir division, they said.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 666 cases, followed by 522 in Jammu district and 454 in Budgam district.
The number of active cases was 50,925 in the union territory, while 1,97,701 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.

GMC Jammu fills various posts for COVID management

100 Staff Nurses, 25 Lab Assistants, 10 Medical officers recruited, selection list of 150 being released soon

JAMMU: The Government Medical College and Associated Hospitals, Jammu has recently filled various posts to add more health staff for COVID-19 patient care and management under National Health Mission (NHM) and Academic Arrangement Basis.
As per the Hospital administration, GMC Jammu has recruited 14 Registrar/Demonstrators, 10 Medical Officers, 06 Research Scientists, 100 Staff Nurses, 25 Lab Assistants, 09 Lab Technicians and 10 Data Entry Operators till now.
In addition to this, the recruitment of 150 Staff Nurses, 30 Lab Assistants, 30 Pharmacists, 30 Operation Theatre Technicians, 30 Anaesthesia Technicians, etc. for Emergency COVID Response Package (ECRP) are under process and these posts will be filled within few days.
Principal GMC Jammu, Dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma on Tuesday said that recruitment drives for various posts are in process and soon all these posts will be filled. She further said that ‘patient care is our primary responsibility. Our staff is working tirelessly despite catching infections in these tough times to provide best care to our patients.’
It is pertinent to mention here that about 20% health care professionals are COVID Positive at a given point of time. All efforts are being made to provide human resources to meet the evolving challenge in a fastrack manner.

The union territory recorded its second biggest single-day spike in the death toll with 71 patients succumbing to the disease in the past 24 hours.
The death toll in the union territory due to the pandemic rose to 3,293.
Meanwhile, the rate of daily COVID-19 positive patients has been coming down by 10 to 12 per cent in Kashmir division over the past few days, a senior official said.
Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Pandurang K Pole said, “The rate of daily COVID-19 positive patients has been witnessed to be stabilising by 10 to 12 per cent in Kashmir.”

COVID Containment Measures: Doctors’ panel to visit Poonch, Rajouri today

JAMMU: Under the direction of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, a team consisting of senior officials and doctors will visit Poonch and Rajouri on May 19th, 2021 in order to assess the COVID containment activities there, the status of treatment for COVID positive patients and status of COVID Care Centres. The team led by Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Transport Department and having senior medical personnel onboard will also assess any specific local issues in these two districts including those concerning migrating Gujjars & Bakerwals.
Pertinently, the Lt Governor had earlier directed the Health Department and other concerned administrative departments to reach out to the population living in rural & far-flung areas, besides ensuring the availability of all the requisite facilities in the COVID Care Centres, especially in these areas for better care of patients.
The Lt Governor had already passed the directions to facilitate the smooth movement of seasonal migration of Gujjar-Bakerwal community and addressing the issue of movement of trucks carrying fruits by opening of the Mughal Road.

He said that, however, there are chances that the mortality rate will remain the same or even increase in the next few days.
Maintaining that the administration has been taking every possible step to contain the spread of the virus, Pole said demand for oxygen beds has also eased out as the number of beds has been increased at all dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, including SKIMS, Soura and SMHS hospitals.
He said patients in home isolation are also taken due care by the officials concerned as they provide COVID-19 care kits to each patient testing positive for the virus to enable better treatment. Pole said Kashmir, at present, is in a comfortable position with medical oxygen capacity as there are five oxygen manufacturing plants while 20 more such plants have been installed at different hospitals in Kashmir.
The senior officer said COVID-19 vaccination process is also going on at a good pace as the Union Territory has even touched the 50,000 daily doses during the ongoing drive.
He said the J-K government has placed an order of 1.2 crore doses. However, there can be difficulty in delivery as other states have also placed orders amid a raging spread of the virus in many parts of the country.
Despite all of this, vaccination for the above 45 age group category is going on in full swing and the rate in J-K is 61 per cent against the 33 per cent national coverage, which is almost double that of the national level percentage.
Jammu and Kashmir on Monday had recorded its biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 fatalities with 73 deaths taking the toll to 3,222, while 3,344 fresh cases pushed the tally to 2,47,952. Out of the new cases, 1,926 were from Kashmir division of the UT.