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Admin inventing methods to infect Jammuites at large scale?
Thousands attended by single window for Covid tests
1/17/2022 11:59:24 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 17: Leave alone safeguarding oneself and one’s own family from COVID, getting even a COVID test done in Jammu has become a ruthlessly murkier process wherein people are shamelessly exposed to severe risks by the administration here.
It is worst than a nightmare for the common masses in Jammu to get themselves tested for COVID in the government-run facilities.
The huge rush of people amid chaos prevalent at the health centers are acting as a major spoilsport. Further the mismanagement being done at multi-levels for Rapid Antigen and RTPCR testing are emerging perhaps as the best examples of how the government is tackling the 3rd wave of COVID in Jammu and Kashmir’s winter capital.
Let us get an example of a testing facility set up by the government near to the Gandhi Nagar government run hospital. In the main play ground of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Gandhi Nagar, the people who wanted to get themselves tested for COVID are bundled and hurdled together at one place and made to wait for hours all together. They are provided with a form that they have to fill in themselves and stay in a long serpentine queues to submit the form at a counter established in one of the empty classrooms of the school building. Once such herculean process is done by the person, he has to wait again in a long queue before his/ her name is called out and COVID testing is done. The entire process takes no less than two hours to complete for every patient. Further, the bundling together of the people is acting as major risk for the spread of the deadly virus instead of containing it in any manner possible. “I am down with fever and cold. I have 101 degree fever at present and I want to get tested for COVID. Here I have been given this form that I have to fill and stay in the line for more than one hour. I have no energy left to stay in such a long queue. Tell me where would I go?,” asked a desperate patient in the crowd.
There were scores of people who rued such poor facilities of the government and said that for hundreds of people, only one COVID testing counter has been established. “This is utterly shameful. See how people have been hurdled together with no social distancing. Is the government inventing new methods to get the people infected with the deadly virus at a large scale? There must have been five to 10 counters for Rapid testing in order to minimize the rush. But there is one counter for thousands of people. It is an open invite for getting the COVID,” says a disgruntled youth waiting in the queue.
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