‘Situation extremely grim’: Altaf Bukhari cautions govt against complacency as COVID surges

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Altaf Bukhari on Friday raised serious concerns over the infrastructural deficiencies in the healthcare sector particularly the insufficient oxygen supply in hospitals amid rising cases of Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement, the Apni Party’s president said that the second wave of Covid-19 has wreaked havoc in various cities in the country that were supposed to be having adequate medical facilities available for its residents. However, the situation has turned extremely grim, he lamented.

“If an outbreak of such a magnitude takes place in J-K, I fear that the fatalities will be much higher because our medical facilities are meager in comparison with Delhi or other states in the country,” he remarked.

Bukhari said that the immediate pre-emptive measures are imperative to tackle the situation beforehand and the administration must dispatch medical teams to various hospitals to take the cognizance of the situation.

“The administrative preparations to face any eventuality need to be made as soon as possible. Today’s complacence can have serious repercussions for tomorrow. Medical facilities particularly oxygen cylinders, ventilators, COVID-19 special ambulances and drugs like Remdesivir must be made available in all hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir without any further delay,” he demanded.

Bukhari also said that the government must ensure that all Covid-19 related SOP’s are followed in letter and spirit so that the chain of dreadful virus is stemmed from spreading across the UT.

“The administration must see to it that all Covid-19 guidelines are followed strictly besides inoculation drives are carried out speedily. Need of the hour is to go for massive awareness campaigns through print and electronic media so that the people are counseled and apprehensions allayed accordingly,” he said.

Bukhari remarked that besides all these precautionary measures the government must also ensure that the patients suffering from other chronic disease must not suffer and special separate facilities must be kept for them as well. (KDC)

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