Meghalaya 2 death: Death toll now 4

NNN | Shillong July 19: Meghalaya recorded 32 new Covid-19 cases even as two patients succumbed to the virus on Sunday, increasing the number of deaths in the State to four.

The 32 new positive cases took the number of active cases to 397 and a total of 450 cases in Meghalaya so far.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War informed on Sunday evening that the two patients who succumbed to the virus at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) include a geologist, who was an employee of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) at Kolkata, and one BSF personnel of the BSF camp Umpling in Shillong.

Both the deceased were laid to rest on Sunday evening. The geologist was buried in a cemetery in Ri Bhoi district while the BSF personnel was cremated in Shillong.

According to a bulletin issued by NEIGRIHMS, the BSF personnel had a history of contact with a laboratory confirmed case of Covid-19. He developed symptoms suggestive Covid-19 and was tested positive on July 4.

He was also suffering from Type II diabetes. He was initially treated at the BSF Composite Hospital, Umpling but was referred to Shillong Civil Hospital in view of his worsening breathlessness and persistent cough.

He was then transferred to NEIGRIHMS on July 13 in view of the need for ICU care due to worsening symptoms, after which, he was moved to the Covid ICU.

He was in acute respiratory distress syndrome, with severe sepsis and multi-organ failure and did not improve in spite of the treatment he was undergoing.

He developed respiratory and cardiac failure which did not improve with resuscitative efforts and expired today at 2 am.

Meanwhile, NEIGHRIM authorities said that the geologist was admitted at NEIGRIHMS with complaints of pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen.

He had returned from Kolkata on July 5 and was in a quarantine facility prior to being transferred to NEIGRIHMS.

On evaluation, he was diagnosed with acute calculus cholecystitis.

His sample was taken for RT-PCR which was positive for SARS-COV2. He was shifted to the Covid isolation ward and was conservatively managed.

During his course of stay, he developed diarrhea and acute kidney injury (AKI) and was transferred to the Covid ICU for further management.

His two samples on July 16 and 17 were negative. He however developed sudden onset respiratory failure on July 18.

Initially he managed on non-invasive ventilation but did not improve and was subsequently intubated. His respiratory failure worsened and he developed respiratory and cardiac arrest on July 18.

CPR was given according to ACLS protocol but he could not be revived and passed away.

The bulletins were issued by Dr Noor Topno, Medical Superintendent NEIGHRIMS and Dr Vijay Noel Nongpiur, Nodal Officer, NEIGRIHMS.

It may be recalled here that Meghalaya recorded the first death due to coronavirus on April 15 when a renowned physician passed away at Bethany Hospital, Shillong after he was tested positive on April 13.

The second death was an 8 months baby who died at NEIGRIHMS on July 7. The baby was brought to NEIGRIHMS for treatment of an ailment but he was tested positive for Covid-19 and succumbed to the virus.

Meanwhile, Dr War informed that the 32 new positive cases reported on Sunday include 29 BSF personnel in East Khasi Hills district and two others which include one resident of Khanapara in Ri-Bhoi district.

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