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Nearly 350 COVID-19 patients died due to comorbidities in Assam: Minister

Nearly 350 COVID-19 patients died due to comorbidities in Assam: Minister
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Guwahati, Aug 14 (PTI) Around 500 COVID-19 patients

have died in Assam, including 300-350 due to comorbidities,

Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on

Friday.

Sarma said the state has reported 169 deaths with

underlying cause as COVID-19 pneumonia.

"There is another long list of 300-350 COVID-19

patients, who have died due to cancer, kidney failure, heart

disease or other comorbidities," Sarma told a gathering here

at a plasma donation camp organised by the BJP.

However, deaths caused by other ailments are not

included in the list of COVID-19 fatalities as per central

government guidelines, he said.

Assam has so far reported a total of 71,795 COVID-19

positive cases, of which 22,240 are active and 49,383 have

recovered.

Last month, Sarma had announced the formation of a

death audit board to certify the underlying cause of deaths of

all COVID-19 patients in the state.

The minister said 30 per cent of all the COVID-19

patients who underwent kidney dialysis have died, as per a

data analysis by the state health department.

"If a cancer patient becomes COVID-19 positive, it is

very dangerous. We have asked cancer patients not to come to

hospital for treatment because if they contract the virus, it

will be very serious," he said.

The COVID-19 death rate in Assam stands at 0.24 per

cent, which is the "lowest in India", Sarma said.

"One major reason for the very low death rate in Assam

is the success of plasma therapy. At Gauhati Medical College

and Hospital, the fatality count has become almost nil," he

said.

The Health and Family Welfare Department, in a release

issued on Thursday night, said 202 COVID-19 recovered people

have donated their plasma at five medical colleges in

Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur and Silchar.

"I received a call from Gujarat for plasma donation,

but for Rs 16,000 per unit. In other states, plasma donation

has become business. In Assam, people are voluntarily coming

forward for saving lives and service to mankind," Sarma said.

Lauding the BJP for organising plasma donation camps

at five places, he said a call was given to all political

parties for motivating people to donate plasma and hold such

programmes, but "only the workers of the ruling party came

forward".

The minister also slammed the Congress for its

criticism over handling of the pandemic, accusing the

opposition party of demotivating doctors and other frontline

workers instead of supporting the government''s thrust to

provide treatment to people.

"Today, 292 people have volunteered to donate plasma

at the five medical colleges across Assam in the camps

organised by the BJP. They will be called later for the

donation, as we cannot collect so many units in a single day,"

he said.

Sarma said the state government will give preference

to all the plasma donors in any official scheme or jobs in

future.

"Today, I will not announce anything, but the

government will adequately recognise and offer its love and

affection to the plasma donors for their service to mankind,"

he said.

Sarma added that the Assam government is spending an

average of Rs 70,000 for each COVID-19 patient, who have been

admitted in ICU, and most of them are poor people. PTI TR

RBT RBT


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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