A doctor conducts a swab test for coronavirus/ Representative image
A doctor conducts a swab test for coronavirus/ Representative image
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Indore: Even as the number of positive cases and deaths due to Covid-19 has been increasing in the city, people are risking their as well as others' lives by getting treated at home. Moreover, many doctors are not informing administration and health department about symptomatic patients approaching them for getting treatment. This is a major cause of worry for the administration and the doctors.

Some of these cases came to fore on Friday during the death audit and review of clinical management of patients who died between July 30 and August 7, under the supervision of Divisional Commissioner Dr Pawan Sharma.

During the review meeting, Dean of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Dr Jyoti Bindal said that as many as 14 deaths were reported between July 30 and August 7.

“Out of these 14 deaths, 93 per cent patients had comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and asthma,” Dr Bindal informed in the meeting.

Two of the deceased were treated by local doctors at home and they got admitted only when they did not get any relief. Similarly, one of the deceased didn’t go to any hospital even when the entire family had fever.

The committee also suggested that awareness programme for Covid-19 should be intensified and orders should be issued that all medical shops should inform about people buying pulse-oximeter and oxygen cylinders.

HoD of Transfusion Medicine Department Dr Ashok Yadav also suggested going through antibody test of blood donors so that plasma can be taken from those who have developed antibodies.

Cases:

1. A 61-year-old male patient got symptoms on July 7 but instead of going to a hospital, he took treatment from a doctor known to him. After failing to get relief, he was admitted to Vishesh Hospital on July 13 and shifted to Medanta Hospital on July 15 where he succumbed to the disease after 15 days. He could have been saved had he got treatment on time and the doctor informed about him to the administration and health department.

2. A 46-year-old lady got admitted to SAIMS on July 29 and died on August 3. She had taken treatment from a local MBBS doctor and later from an MD. She was admitted to Bombay Hospital and shifted to SAIMS. She could also have been saved had she been treated on time.

3. A 69-year-old male patient was admitted to SAIMS on July 29 and succumbed to the disease on August 1. He and his family refrained from going to a hospital even when all family members had a fever. He also had diabetes.

4. A 51-year-old lady was administered with injection by a local doctor from treating fever on July 21. She didn’t get relief and was admitted to hospital on July 24. She succumbed to the disease on July 28. In this case too the doctor did not inform about her condition and symptoms to the department.

“Yes, there are many patients who still hiding their symptoms and taking general treatment. People should come forward to get tested and treated as delay in treatment will prove fatal for them. Early diagnoses can also help in containing the virus through contact tracing.”

Dr Anil Dongre, District Contact Tracing In-charge

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