Covid toll climbs to five in state

IMPHAL, 31st Jul: After four fatalities in the past 48 hours, one more Covid patient died early Friday morning at JNIMS hospital, thus putting state’s death toll from the contagion to five.
The latest victim hailing from Lilong Khunou in Thoubal district aged 38 was admitted to JNIMS Covid ward on July 29 with cough, fever and breathing problems. The patient identified as Md Sajad Khan was also diabetic. He passed away at 4.30am Friday.
After conducting post mortem, Sajad Khan’s body has been handed over to Thoubal district administration for performing last rites.
Last rites of all five victims of COVID-19 in the state were reportedly performed as per their respective faiths and by adhering to SOP strictly.
The 56-year old man from Khongjom Sapam, who died on July 29, was cremated at Minuthong while the mortal remains of the 47-year old man from Langol Game village Type-2 who died on July 30 were laid to rest at Lei ingkhol Chingmeirong cemetery under the supervision of Imphal West district administration and Kangpokpi district administration respectively on July 30 evening.
On the other hand, last rites of the 40-year old man from Leimakhong and the 60-year old man from Thoubal Moijing who died on July 30 were conducted at Saikul Island block and Moijing respectively on Friday. Meanwhile, the 38-year old man from Lilong Khunou who died on Friday was cremated by Thoubal district administration at Tairen.
The last rites were performed with strict adherence to SOP and used PPE, surgical masks and gloves. Also, the vehicles that carried the dead bodies were sanitized with spraying of Sodium Hypochlorite.
According to a statement of Covid-19 Common Control Room (CCR), the male from Lilong Khunou in Thoubal district who died at JNIMS due to Covid-19 was suffering from Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension. The CCR clarified that Covid-19 dead bodies do not pose additional risk if SOP is strictly followed. The state government has issued an SOP in line with MoHFW on May 30, it mentioned adding that dead bodies handled under SOP are safe as they are kept in sterile body bags and disinfected as and when appropriate. District administrations and medical teams are working tirelessly to tackle challenges arising out of the pandemic, the statement added.

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