IMPHAL: In what could be a setback to the effort of the Government to curb rise in COVID-19, three more patients, who had tested positive for the novel virus, succumbed to the disease on Thursday, taking the total count of Covid related deaths to four.
The COVID-19 victims who expired at RIMS and JNIMS hail from Leimakhong, Kangpokpi district, Langol Imphal West and Moijing, Thoubal district. All the deceased are male adults of 48, 47 and 60 years of age respectively. They expired due to co-morbid health conditions and COVID-19, said the State Health Department.
The first patient, a 48-year old man from Leimakhong died around 2:30 AM on Thursday. He was admitted at RIMS nephrology department on June 8 with various ailments like kidney failure. He was detected positive for the virus when mass testing of the health workers at JNIMS was conducted on July 26.
According to a statement, the second patient, a 47-year old man from Langol, was brought to RIMS casualty at 10:00 AM on Thursday with complaint of shortness in breath and altered sensorium since Wednesday. He was done dialysis at Shija Hospitals on Wednesday around 7:00 PM as per reports. However, he was shifted to RIMS today around 10:00 AM. With doctors being suspicious, he was tested for COVID-19. However, he succumbed to his illness before the result came, which was positive.
The patient had been under maintenance dialysis at RIMS for quite some time. But due to closure of Nephrology Department at RIMS, the patient came to Shija Hospital yesterday for dialysis. As the Rapid Antigen Test was inconclusive, a sample was sent for RTPCR to Babina. The patient was mild symptomatic. Dialysis was done at Shija with full PPE protection and the patient left Shija Hospital, another source said.
The patient is said to be from Senapati currently staying at Langol. His three attendants were kept under observation at RIMS.
The 60 year old patient from Moijing, Thoubal district died at JNIMS Thursday evening at about 4.55 PM. He was admitted at the said hospital with complaints of difficulty in breathing and loose motion. He was detected positive for the virus when his sample was tested at JNIMS VRDL.
Speaking to a local channel, Prof. Ch. Arunkumar, Medical Superintendent, RIMS, said such deaths cannot be considered deaths due to COVID-19 as they already had complicated illnesses.
Earlier on Wednesday, a 56 year old patient with multiple organ failure and who had tested positive for COVID-19, succumbed to his illness. He was from Khongjom village in Thoubal district.
Meanwhile, total count of confirmed Covid-19 positive cases has risen to 2505 with 47 more fresh cases (37 males, 10 females), 15 of them sans significant travel history, testing positive for the virus in the last 24 hours.
Of the 47 fresh cases, 18 are said to be security personnel, said a report of Covid-19 Common Control Room in a statement.
The 47 new cases were detected at VRDL of RIMS (4), JNIMS (30), Churachandpur (2), Babina Diagnostic Centre (3), Imphal west Rapid Antigen Test (3) and Shija Hospital Rapid Antigen test (5) with Imphal West district reporting 13 cases, while two cases each from Thoubal and Kangpokpi, 14 from Imphal east, 10 from Senapati district, five from Churachandpur and one from Tengnoupal.
All except two from Thoubal and 13 from Imphal west are returnees from other states.
The infected patients will be shifted to COVID care facilities and necessary medical precautionary measures like containtment and contact tracing are in place, added the statement.
The Control Room further stated that 19 persons were discharged from Covid care centre JNIMS (4), CCC Meitram (2), Ukhrul (3), Kakching (2) and Kamjong (2) after they were found Covid-19 free on RT PCR test.
State’s total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases stand at 2505. Of this, 1672 have already been recovered and discharged whereby reducing the number of active COVID cases to 829. Recovery rate pegs at 66.90 percent.
According a status update by IDSP Manipur, a total of 783 samples were tested at RIMS lab (18), JNIMS (674), STDC/IRL Imphal Truenat (14), District Hospital Senapati (Truenat) (4), Rapid Antigen test (49), Babina Diagnostic (3) and Shija Hospital (21) and 47 of them turned out to be positive for the virus.
Altogether 857 COVID patients are currently under treatment at different COVID care centres opened in different districts of the state.