Covid-19 claims first victim in state

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 29th Jul: Manipur recorded its first Covid-19 fatality in the wee hours of Wednesday. The victim was a 56 years old man from Khongjom Sapam in Thoubal district and he died of co-morbidities, suffering from chronic kidney failure.
As per statement released by RIMS medical superintendent, the man was admitted on July 22 with Chronic Kidney Failure Type-V of long duration, Urosepsis (multi-drug resistant Klebsiella Pneumonac), hypertension, type-2 diabetes mellitus, bi-lateral lower respiratory tract infection. The patient had multiple sessions of dialysis.
He was found positive for Covid-19 during the contact tracing and testing operation on July 26.
The cause of death is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), Pyelonephritis with Urosepsis, bi-lateral lower respiratory tract infection, COVID-19, type-2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension, the statement added.
Meanwhile, the government authority has been facing a tough time in finding place for cremating the body, which is still lying at RIMS mortuary till the time of filing this report. Initially, the authority was planning to cremate the body at the government crematorium at Minuthong but the local people raised objections. District administration of Imphal West wrote to district administration of Thoubal and Imphal Municipal Corporation in this regard but no significant development in finding a crematorium ground has been reported.
According to sources, family members of the deceased could not claim the body since the neighbours strongly opposed of bringing it back owing to the "high risk of the virus".
Later, the body of the deceased was planned for cremation at the Minuthong facility operated by Imphal Municipal Corporation but could not be carried out due to resistance by the locals.


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