Elderly couple overcome COVID-19 in Nagaland

The elderly couple who recoverd from COVID-19 in District Hospital, Phek were discharged in the presence of the DC Phek and SP Phek on August 8.
The elderly couple who recoverd from COVID-19 in District Hospital, Phek were discharged in the presence of the DC Phek and SP Phek on August 8.

•    Death Review Committee confirms 6 deaths 
•    31 new cases reported, State tally at 2688

Morung Express News
Dimapur | August 8

Globally, elderly patients are considered to be at high risk of fatality from COVID-19, due to many factors, including pre-existing medical conditions. 

In what could be the best news yet for a COVID-19 hit state, a 93-year-old man and his wife, aged 79, beat the odds returned home after successfully recovering from the infection on on August 8.

The unnamed couple was discharged in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner Phek and Superintendent of Police, Phek COVID-19 Hospital Phek on August 8. 

The development brought much cheers to the public and huge relief and hope to the health authorities as most of the COVID fatalities in Nagaland have mostly been the elderly so far.

COVID-19 patients above the age of 60, globally, are generally categorised as "high-risk" group.

Meanwhile, the Nagaland State Death Review / Audit Committee has reviewed and confirmed 6 deaths as COVID-19 deaths.

According to the weekly bulletin provided by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, out of 6 COVID-19 deaths, 5 cases have severe co morbidity like diabetes, hypertension, tuberculosis, chronic heart and liver diseases.

The State COVID-19 status report stated that out of 7 deaths registered, one death is COVID-19 positive but not due to COVID-19. There are 5 males and 1 female among the deceased and three cases are below 55 years of age, the bulletin added.

The number of deaths is further subject to change as per advisory from the MoHFW or NCDC Delhi, the department said.

For classifying a death as COVID-19 death, the state and District Death Committees have to establish a correlation as per ICD-10 and ICMR protocols.

31 new cases were reported in the State on August 8, taking the tally of COVID-19 cases to 2688. According to an update from State Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom, out of the new reported cases, 12 were in Kohima, 10 in Dimapur, 6 in Zunheboto and 3 in Wokha.

With 893 recoveries, the total number of active cases was reported as 1785.

‘Highest number of testing facility in NE’
According to the State COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin, Nagaland, with 2 Biosafety Level Laboratories and 29 TrueNat machines, has the highest testing facilities in the North East Region.

The State is also using Rapid Antigen Tests for emergency settings and private hospitals have been allowed to use the same. Meanwhile, the report added that the BSL-2 lab in Tuensang is expected to be functional soon.

In the past one week, the State tested 6,016 samples and 964 positive cases were detected. 

As of August 8, a total of 44566 samples were reportedly tested.