39% Kashmiri residents have developed COVID antibodies: Survey

A sero survey conducted in the Kashmir valley has found that two out of five persons in the Valley have developed antibodies against the coronavirus. The survey carried out in October found the highest prevalence of antibodies in Pulwama at 43.1 per cent and the lowest in Kulgam at 28.5 per cent. “We conducted a sero survey in all 10 districts of Kashmir, which has revealed that nearly 39 per cent of the 6,200 persons tested negative but had developed antibodies,” said Dr Muhammad Salim Khan, head of the community…

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We’re heading toward herd immunity: Docs after seroprevalence survey results

Doctors in Kashmir Thursday said that the Valley was heading toward herd immunity following revelation of a seroprevalence study on COVID-19 infection conducted by GMC Srinagar in Srinagar district. The second round of seroprevalence study on COVID-19 infection conducted by GMC Srinagar in district Srinagar has revealed that 40.6 percent of the sampled population had developed antibodies. President of one of the factions of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Dr Suhail Naik said it seems that the Valley would attain herd immunity before a suitable vaccine is discovered. “The survey looked…

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Process to enroll entire J&K for health insurance as govt committed to covering each family

J&K Government has started registration process for the mega health insurance scheme meant to cover the ‘entire population of the UT’. In 10 days, 3.61 lakh people have enrolled themselves. The J&K Health Insurance Scheme announced earlier this year by the UT Government will be rolled out in November, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education (H&ME), Atal Dulloo said. He said that registration for availing the scheme which envisages Rs 5 lakh health insurance cover to every family in J&K had already started at Common Service Centers. “The response is…

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21 Deaths and 1329 fresh coronavirus cases reported from across J&K

Deaths and new positive cases of COVID19 continued to mount on Tuesday in J&K. With 21 succumbing and 1329 cases, the mortality reached 921 while the total number of cases detected was 56654. Among the new cases, Jammu division had 741 positives, while Kashmir division had 588. The number of active cases in Jammu has surpassed the number of active cases in Kashmir, putting a load on the existing healthcare infrastructure. The total of active cases in Kashmir reached 8270 out of the 37688 reported so far. In Jammu, with…

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Intervertebral Discs or simple Discs: Myths and Facts

Dr.Akhtar Rasool Intervertebral discs or simply the ‘discs’ are cushion like structures present normally between adjacent vertebrae (bones of the back). These discs serve many functions like shock absorption and help in motion between the vertebrae. It is by the virtue of these discs that we are able to bend forwards and sideways, lean backwards and turn sideways. Without these, our spine would just be an immobile segment of bone. A Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc (PIVD) or in common terms a ‘disc disease’ is said to occur when a disc moves…

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People more likely to contract coronavirus at home: Study

By age group, the infection rate within the household was higher when the first confirmed cases were teenagers or people in their 60s and 70s. South Korean epidemiologists have found that people were more likely to contract the new coronavirus from members of their own households than from contacts outside the home. A study published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 16 looked in detail at 5,706 “index patients” who had tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 59,000 people who came into…

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Amid complaints of negligence, doctors face attacks in hospitals leading to Protest & Strike

As the spike in COVID cases has burdened the already stressed health infrastructure, doctors have come in the line of fire amid complaints of medical negligence from patients and attendants. While the doctors are demanding security after an increase in confrontations and attacks from attendants, many are questioning the role of doctors in the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Videos of both doctors being attacked in hospitals and those of attendants highlighting the poor infrastructure and medical negligence have, of late, been doing the rounds on the social media. “Confrontations…

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With 16 more deaths in 24 hours coronavirus related fatalities rose to 222 in J&K

With 16 more deaths in the past 24 hours, the Covid toll of J&K has reached 222. All deaths were reported from Kashmir Valley. As per official bulletin issued on Thursday evening, 490 new positive cases — 62 from the Jammu division and 428 from the Kashmir division — were reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 12,156. Moreover, 109 more patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals — 34 from the Jammu division and 75 from Kashmir Valley. Out…

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Spike continues, J&K adds 314 coronavirus cases with eight more deaths

Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded 314 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the union territory’s tally to 10,827, while eight more fatalities pushed the toll to 187, officials said. “Eight people, who were COVID-19 positive, have died over the past 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir,” they said. This has taken the death toll due to coronavirus in the union territory to 187. Of these, 170 were from Kashmir and 17 were from the Jammu region. As many as 314 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the union territory during…

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Post huge spike strict restrictions ordered in 88 containment zones of Srinagar

Restrictions on public movement and activities are being imposed in 88 areas notified as COVID19 red zones in Srinagar after a sharp spike in positive cases has been reported in the district in the last couple of weeks. The decision to impose restrictions has been taken after recommendations of experts and is aimed at containing further spread of the COVID-19 disease, an official statement said. District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary issuing orders in this regard has directed for sealing off all these 88 red zones with strict enforcement…

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