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Punjab keeps critical mortality rate of Covid-19 at 1.3 percent

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The Fact News Service

Chandigarh, May 28

Besides posting the highest recovery rate of 91 percent in the country, Punjab has also done exceedingly well in keeping all critical mortality rate of Covid-19 amongst the lowest at 1.3 percent.

Out of 40 instances so far occurring mostly in patients over 50 years, 31 persons (77%) were afflicted with a serious underlying illness like end-stage kidney disease and Cancer, HIV besides uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure, revealed Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Anurag Agarwal.

Chronic illnesses like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity were major associated illnesses as contributing factors in the remaining 23 percent of cases, he further said pointing out there were very few cases that had no underlying chronic illness.

Deaths in most cases have occurred in patients who were already suffering from a serious illness which might have led to mortality in the natural course of events, he said. As many as 1918 patients have already fully recovered out of a total of 2106 positive cases reported so far.

In all cases, where patients are found to be COVID positive irrespective of the underlying disease, as per ICMR guidelines the death is counted as COVID death, Agarwal pointed out underlining state’s mortality rate is significantly lower than the national average of 3 percent.

Further, in many cases, samples of dead bodies have been taken some of which have turned out to be positive and all these deaths have been taken as Covid-19 death. This was done not to miss on contact tracing of possible positive cases, Agarwal added.

An expert committee headed by Dr. Talwar also guided the state to analyze and review the cases of deaths and take corrective action accordingly. The review of the death cases was also taken up by the expert committee in detail and update the doctors working in the state.                        

Eight patients presented with end-stage kidney disease and were on dialysis, which in itself is life-threatening. Besides nine patients had uncontrolled diabetes which is again a serious condition, Director Health Services, Dr. Avneet Kaur said.

Few cases were severely immunocompromised as they were HIV positive. Such patients are very prone to acquire infections and have little capacity to fight with these infections, she added.

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