2 more cases in Amritsar district, total count 405

2 more cases in Amritsar district, total count 405

PPE kits can be seen scattered in a room at Government Medical College in Amritsar on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 3

The district reported two fresh cases on Wednesday, taking the total count to 405. While one of the patients from the Bharat Nagar area with influenza-like illness has no travel or contact history, the other one from Anand Avenue is a contact of a positive case.

Health officials said at present, the number of active cases in the district is 88. While it has reported seven deaths, 310 persons have been cured.

Lack of proper awareness among health professionals and supporting staff about disposing of the used PPE kits, sanitisers, gloves and shoe covers is also a cause of concern.

The protective equipment used by the staff of Government Medical College was seen stacked on a shelf and scattered on the ground at the mortuary.

A faculty member, who did not wish to be named, said, “While some kits are to be incinerated, others can be used again after proper sanitisation. Throwing them causally anywhere could be dangerous. There is a need to create awareness about the issue among employees.”

Even masks used by general public can be seen scattered on roads. According to the medical guidelines in view of Covid-19, residents are required to dispose of their masks properly and not to throw them on roads or in dustbins with other waste.

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