25 November, 2020

Meet The Corona Warriors: Muzaffer Ahmad, The Budgam Doctor Who Steadfastly 'Captures' COVID-19 Victims

Muzaffer Ahmad, an epidemiologist, has been tirelessly locating people who have come from China, Iran, and now Saudi Arabia, for the past two months. He visits every village, ferrets out people who have returned from the affected countries and asks them to go into isolation.

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Meet The Corona Warriors: Muzaffer Ahmad, The Budgam Doctor Who Steadfastly 'Captures' COVID-19 Victims

Contrary to the perception in the Valley that life is at a standstill in the Budgam area of Kashmir where Section 144 is strictly adhered to, things are normal in this central Kashmir district. The coronavirus scare and the mandatory closure of schools haven’t affected daily life. Even after some of the many people who had gone to Iran and Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage returned to the district, Budgam has not witnessed a single COVID-19 positive case so far. Many believe that Budgam’s handling of COVID-19 suspects would determine the spread of coronavirus in the Valley. So far, the district’s record is irreproachable and it shows on the streets—there is an air of indifference, overloaded buses rush about, people throng hospitals and other medical centres freely, marketplaces are crowded.

This open disregard to the clear and present danger of coronavirus worries Muzaffer Ahmad, an epidemiologist. Working from his chamber in the Budgam Chief Medical Officer’s office, Dr. Ahmad has been tirelessly loc­ating people who have come from China,...



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