Patients in need of non-COVID treatment must avoid hospital visits: JK Admin

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Srinagar: Amid sudden spurt in the COVID positive cases across Kashmir with Omicron also casting its net, the Divisional Administration of Kashmir on Thursday urged people to avoid visiting hospitals for general ailments.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P K Pole said that patients in need of non-COVID health treatment should avoid visiting hospitals and instead seek online consultations from doctors.

“This is advised because of the fact that hospitals are a major source of infections and where people assemble in large numbers,” Pole said, adding that given the fact that COVID cases are showing an upward trend and Omicron is spreading fast, people must stay home and not visit hospitals for ailments like dental issues, joint pain, and non-emergency health-related issues.

“But those in need of emergency support and with COVID and Omicron symptoms must report to hospitals after proper testing,” he said. The Divisional Commissioner said that it is not like OPD’s will be closed but people should themselves avoid visiting OPD’s for general line ailments and leave OPD’s for emergency services only.

Earlier, Divisional Commissioner had said that people must impose self-restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID and Omicron variant cases by avoiding unnecessary travel, mingling with people, and follow the COVID Appropriate Behavior (CAB). (KNO)


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