Condition of state’s 2nd patient improving, retest soon

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 9th Apr: The health condition of the 2nd COVID-19 patient of Manipur is improving and doctors would be conducting another test of his oropharyngeal swab soon to assess his condition.
Interacting with media persons at the hospital campus here on Thursday, RIMS MS professor Ch Arunkumar said that the patient has been under treatment in the isolation ward of RIMS since April 1. His condition has improved significantly in the past few days. Being diabetic, his blood sugar level was at 500 mg/dL at the time of admission and it has now been reduced to 290 mg/dL on Thursday. He is now being administered medications for his diabetic condition.
Arunkumar further said that that patient has completed medication course for hydroxychloroquine and gained appetite. So far, he is not needing ventilator. Doctors will soon collect his oropharyngeal swab for testing to assess presence of the virus, he added.
RIMS hospital assistant nodal officer Dr S Gautam said that the patient was a participant of Tablighi Markaz. Considering the reports of many participants of the event testing positive and many dying, people of the state were worried as the patient was already staying at home for over half a month without quarantine. During investigation, it was found that the man was not living with his wife and children, but all alone by himself in an isolated house. It was fortunate that he was not living with his family and his family members did not contracted the virus from him, he added.


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