Deaths rising, particular drive for weak part in Himachal


Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service
Shimla, October 9

The Health Department will launch a special campaign to prevent Covid-related deaths among the vulnerable people in the state. The focus will be on monitoring the health of 11 lakh vulnerable people suffering from diabetes and hypertension.

Of a total of 233 patients who succumbed to the deadly virus in the state till yesterday, 171 had co-morbidities such as sugar and hypertension. “On October 12, we will launch a special campaign focusing on the 11 lakh vulnerable people suffering from diabetes and hypertension,” said Amitabh Awasthy, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare. Each Asha worker will speak to at least 10-12 patients daily to enquire after their health and ensure timely treatment in case of Covid-related symptoms.

Some relief

At least 2,062 patients who were in home isolation have recovered. The highest recoveries of 489 were in Mandi district, followed by 341 in Solan, 249 in Kangra, 216 in Kullu and 173 in Shimla.

Awasthy said the focus would be laid on creating awareness with regard to the symptoms as well as immediate shifting of the patient to a health institution.

The data reveals that of the 171 victims, five died at home, 23 were declared brought dead in hospital, 105 died within 24 hours of being admitted to hospital and 27 succumbed to the infection after 48 hours of hospitalisation.

As per the Health Department, 87 diabetic patients and 62 hypertension patients lost battle to Covid. Besides this, 24 patients who died had chronic kidney ailment and 19 had lung problems.

The data further reveals that 2,062 patients who were in home isolation have recovered. The highest number of 489 recoveries were in Mandi district, followed by 341 in Solan, 249 in Kangra, 216 in Kullu and 173 in Shimla. There are a total of 780 isolation beds in health institutions across the state, with the highest number of 140 beds at the Ner Chowk medical college.

Covid Deaths

  • Diabetes 87
  • Hypertension 62
  • Kidney ailment 24
  • Lung problem 19



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