MUZAFFARABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday stated the incidence of the novel coronavirus (Convid-19) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) was negligible with just one recognized case quarantined in Mirpur and expressed the hope that folks would zealously apply precautionary measures to maintain the pandemic away from their motherland.
Talking to AJK President Sardar Masood Khan by phone, he, nonetheless, confirmed severe concern concerning the situation of the individuals of India-held Kashmir who had been already underneath siege and lockdown amid denial of fundamental civic amenities.
In line with a handout issued by the workplace of Mr Khan, President Alvi made the decision to inquire concerning the welfare of the individuals in AJK in addition to the state of preparedness and response to fight the pandemic.
Mr Khan apprised President Alvi of the frilly preparations put in place by the federal government, together with screening at entry factors, quarantine and isolation of suspected individuals, amidst a statewide lockdown for 3 weeks.
In line with the AJK well being authorities, 5 contemporary suspected samples had been despatched to the Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH) Islamabad over the previous 24 hours, elevating the full variety of suspected instances to 65.
Of the 42 acquired reviews, just one individual had examined optimistic and was underneath therapy at a quarantine centre in Mirpur, the authorities stated on Tuesday, including they had been anticipating to obtain the remaining 23 outcomes from the NIH “within a day or two.”
Mr Khan instructed President Alvi that authorities had been laying particular give attention to the individuals who had returned from overseas or had a historical past of extreme respiratory tract infections.
Relating to the scenario in India occupied Kashmir, he stated it was troublesome to determine genuine information with regard to the coronavirus instances due to the communication blockade.
Nonetheless, scanty reviews popping out from the occupied territory steered that Covid-19 data blackout itself was hitting individuals exhausting, he added.
In line with these reviews, Mr Khan stated, affirmation of some optimistic instances had created panic and the scenario had been compounded due to the restrictions on the web which was hampering well timed relay of medical data and intervention.
Like the remainder of India, reportedly, the occupied territory was additionally going through scarcity of docs, paramedics and the requisite amenities to take care of the pandemic, Mr Khan instructed the president.
In response, Dr Alvi stated the plight of the Kashmiris and their battle for the fitting to self-determination couldn’t be swept underneath the carpet as a result of coronavirus risk.
Revealed in Daybreak, March 25th, 2020