Hospital Management Society, District hospital Ukhrul, Issues Statement amid allegations over the death of Covid patient

HMS: "We share the grief and sorrows of the family for the loss and we are deeply saddened by her death. We did our best to save her life using every means available to us and by following the standard treatment protocols laid down by the Government which we have been following in our Hospital for every COVID-19 patients."

Amid allegations and disinformation going on in the social media over the demise of one COVID-19 patient identified as Angel Wungkhai (53), wife of James Wungkhai of Khamasom Walely village at COVID Isolation Ward of District Hospital Ukhrul on 25th August, Hospital Management Society (HMS) of the district hospital has issued a detailed medical history of the demised, with the sole aim to put the issue at rest.

The release issued by Hospital Management Society, district hospital, Ukhrul on Saturday late night said, the management is being compelled to give out this press release in view of the allegations and disinformation that is going on in the social media against this Hospital and the treating of hospital staff for the death of one COVID-19 patient, Mrs Angel Wungkhai, 53-year-old female, W/o James Wungkhai of Khamasom Walely village at COVID Isolation Ward of District Hospital on 25th August 2021.

We are giving out this press release so that the disinformation circulating in various social media causing confusion and apprehension among the public could be cleared and put to rest through this official information. This is not directed against any individuals, families or groups, it stated.

It then said, “We share the grief and sorrows of the family for the loss and we are deeply saddened by her death. We did our best to save her life using every means available to us and by following the standard treatment protocols laid down by the Government which we have been following in our Hospital for every COVID-19 patients.”

Detailing her medical background, HMS said Angel Wungkhai, tested positive for COVID-19 by RAT at CHSRC, Ukhrul on 18th August 2021. She is not COVID vaccinated. She was referred to District Hospital, COVID Isolation Ward for further management.

She was admitted at District Hospital, COVID Isolation Ward on 18th August 2021 and at the time of her admission in the Hospital her oxygen saturation was 80% and she presented with complaints of loose stool for one week and history of fever and headache. Treatment was initiated immediately in the line of Severe COVID illness and as per the treatment protocols of COVID-19 issued by the Government. Oxygen supportive therapy was also started at 10 litres per minute, the release maintained.

However, her clinical condition and oxygen saturation level failed to show satisfactory response. Investigations done in the Hospital also suggest the presence of infection. Therefore, a broad spectrum antibiotic was added to cover the infections. She was also put on NIV (non invasive ventilation) with BAIN Circuit for better oxygenation and favourable saturation. But despite her low oxygen saturation level she was apparently not much in distress, a clinical condition known to as ‘happy hypoxia’. Her oxygen saturation fluctuated between 67% to 74% while on oxygen support with the aid of NIV, it said.

Then, on 25th August 2021, her oxygen saturation level started fluctuating between 65% to 80% and then became non recordable. At 3:15 PM, the patient complained of shortness of breath followed by gasping, it said, and added that resuscitative measures were initiated immediately on receiving the complaints by the doctors and nurses on duty at that time but she failed to respond to it and she was declared dead at 4:14 PM on 25th August 2021.

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