*Normal surgeries resume in Kashmir hospitals
JAMMU/SRINAGAR/LEH, July 7: Four persons died of COVID-19 and 280 tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir today.
Three Corona casualties, one of them a doctor, and 131 cases were reported in the Jammu region.
Of three deaths in the region, two occurred in Rajouri district and one in Jammu.
A 72-year-old doctor hailing from Janipura Jammu died of co-morbidities and virus in the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu today.
A 70-year-old man from village Dassal in Rajouri district succumbed to the virus in Government Medical College (GMC) Rajouri. A 56-year-old woman from Kheora Rajouri breathed her last due to Coronavirus in the same hospital. She had no other ailments.
Three casualties have taken Corona toll in Jammu region to 2123. Highest 1137 deaths have been reported in Jammu district followed by 222 in Rajouri, 149 Kathua, 132 Udhampur, 119 each in Doda and Samba districts, 94 Poonch, 65 Ramban and 43 each in Reasi and Kishtwar districts.
Among 131 fresh cases in Jammu, the highest 49 were recorded in Reasi district and 46 of them were travelers who reported positive for the virus on their arrival at Katra Railway Station. Thirty six cases were registered in Doda district.
In rest of the districts, 18 cases were reported from Jammu, eight Rajouri, six each Kishtwar and Udhampur, five Ramban, two Poonch and one in Kathua district. Samba district didn’t report any fresh cases today.
As against 131 new cases, 197 persons recovered from the virus.
Jammu region now has 1,20,423 cases. Of them, 1509 are active positives while 1,16,791 have recovered from the virus and there have been 2123 casualties.
Meanwhile, the Union Territory of Ladakh today reported eight COVID positive cases-four each in Leh and Kargil districts.
Ladakh’s Corona count now stood at 20137 including 200 active positives, 19733 recoveries and 204 casualties—146 in Leh and 58 in Kargil.
Meanwhile, Kashmir today reported 149 fresh cases of COVID-19 while one person succumbed to the virus.
Srinagar reported 49 cases, Baramulla 8, Budgam 16, Pulwama 12, Kupwara 17, Anantnag 13, Bandipora 7, Ganderbal 16, Kulgam 10 and Shopian 1.
As per officials figures, 70,457 positive cases including 830 deaths and 68,954 recoveries are from Srinagar, 23,346 including 280 deaths and 22,842 recoveries are from Baramulla, 22,698 including 22,299 recoveries and 204 deaths are from Budgam, 14,987 including 14,645 recoveries and 192 deaths are from Pulwama, 13,902 including 165 deaths and 13,567 recoveries are from Kupwara, 16,191 including 15,882 recoveries and 204 deaths are from Anantnag, 9,357 cases including 9,175 and 100 deaths are from Bandipora, 9,694 including 9,436 recoveries and 77 deaths are from Ganderbal, 11,143 including 10,887 recoveries and 116 deaths are from Kulgam and 5,563 including 5,495 recoveries and 58 deaths are from Shopian.
The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 197,338 including 193,182 recoveries and 2,226 deaths.
The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 3,439 including 1,903 from Kashmir division.
With 419 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 309,973, which is 97.54 percent of the total cases.
In the meantime, the Health Department resumed routine surgeries in all COVID-19 hospitals on the directions of Additional Chief Secretary Health and Medical Education Department.
A spokesperson of the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir said they had dedicated many hospitals across the Kashmir division and routine surgeries had been stopped because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the routine surgeries have already started in other hospitals. Dr Mushtaq today allowed non-Covid activities at JLNM Hospital Srinagar.
The Director had recently visited the JLNM hospital and advised the hospital administration and doctors of JLNM Hospital to start attending the non-COVID patients as they were suffering because the hospital was catering only to Covid patients since last year.
In this regard, the Surgical Department of JLNM started routine laparoscopic surgeries again and in this connection first, laparoscopic cholecystectomy was conducted today by Dr Akhter Ganai, senior Laparoscopic Surgeon and his team.
Similarly, DH Pulwama has also started routine surgeries after the second wave of Covid.
In this context, DH Pulwama conducted the routine list from Monday (5th July) and two cases were operated on by Consultant ENT, Dr Irfan Ul Shamas and anaesthetist Dr Deen Ahmed.
Pertinently, the Directorate has instructed all the hospitals across Kashmir to start the routine activities and instructed to keep separate Covid care facilities in all the institutions.
The Director also directed all the Chief Medical Officers to detach the staff deployed for Covid duties to their respective postings for the smooth functioning of the hospitals.
Meanwhile, The Union Territory of Ladakh has administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to its entire eligible population, officials said today.
The administration has given the first jab of Covid vaccine to the beneficiaries and covered 100 per cent of healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) and 45-plus years and 18-44 years age groups, an official spokesperson said.
This is probably the second UT to achieve this target after the Union Territory of Daman and Diu, which had already administered the first dose of Covid vaccine to its entire eligible population last week.
The Health and Medical Department of Ladakh is appealing to all its residents and non-residents, including government and private employees, workers above 18 years working in different sectors and labour contractors presently residing and working in Ladakh and are yet to receive the first dose, to contact their nearest vaccination centre, healthcare centre and healthcare workers to seek assistance in getting the Covid jab at the earliest.
Beneficiaries can call on the helpline numbers (Leh district: 01982-256462, Kargil district: 01985-232208) for any information and assistance.