COVID-19: Suspend tourism till temperature rises-DAK

SRINAGAR — In view of the COVID-19 fear, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Saturday appealed the Govt. to focus on screening of travelers at Airports and Railway stations and training medical teams to combat the novel coronavirus.

Dr Suhail Naik President DAK said that they are in touch with global health experts and it is important to recognize that COVID-19 is a new and concerning disease, but still outbreaks can be managed with the right response.

“The Govt. should screenshots all the visitors coming to Kashmir at Airports, Railway stations and Srinagar-Jammu highway,” he said.
Dr. Naik

In order to fight COVID-19 that has affected people in many countries, the J&K Govt. should suspend tourism till temperatures will rise and pandemic will come to halt, Dr. Naik said.
He said that apart from sports activities, conferences and  the morning prayers in schools should also be restricted  tosave the asymptomatic population, adding that .
He said in light of knowledge gained from Wuhan in China on the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical measures against COVID-19, like rapid detection, large scale case isolation and quarantine of contacts, the spread of virus can be contained.
DAK said that there has been a severe disruption to the global supply of personal protective gear. It demanded government for sufficient supply of masks and sanitizers.
In view of the suspected cases in Jammu and Kashmir and rise in cases across many countries, DAK said that the government should focus on trainings and workshops for dedicated medical teams in all districts.
“There should be separate respiratory OPDs in all the hospitals. We advise people not to visit hospitals for mild ailments or unnecessarily with patients,” DAK said.
DAK also requested both government and private schools to make available ample water taps and soaps for hand washing as a precautionary measure.
“We appeal parents to provide handkerchief or tissue papers to their kids. People should also restrict shaking hands or hug until the coronavirus is curtailed,” DAK said.
DAK said public must understand that they can even use their handkerchief to cover mouth and nose, appealing people to use their handkerchief and don’t panic.


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