Gautam Budh Nagar registers fifth casualty due to Covid-19; more health camps in slums soon – noida

Gautam Budh Nagar district recorded its fifth Covid-19 related casualty late on Friday night with a 65-year-old man succumbing to the virus.

The man lived in Noida Sector 8 and had been admitted to the .Greater Noida-based Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) on May 12 after showing symptoms of Covid-19. The man’s test result finally came around 8pm on Friday, where he was shown to have tested positive. He succumbed around a couple of hours later at 10.36pm.

GIMS director Rakesh Gupta later confirmed the cause of death to be Covid-19, aggravated by bilateral pneumonia with severe sepsis.The man was being treated with antibiotics and supportive therapy till his results showed him positive in the Covid suspect ward.

“The patient came to know that he had tested Covid-19 positive, when we were shifting him to the isolation ward. His initial reaction was that of shock. He was suffering from pneumonia and both his lungs were affected. He was admitted here on May 12 as he had symptoms of pneumonia. His sample was collected and the results confirmed him positive on Friday. His was on oxygen but his condition was stable,” GIMS director Dr Rakesh Gupta said.

“The body was handed over to his relatives, who were also under institutional quarantine, as per laid down protocols after following all precautions. The body was sanitized properly before being handed over. We called his relatives out of quarantine on humanitarian grounds,” said Gupta. The burial ceremony was done by the family members in the presence of concerned health and police officials.

More health camps in slums

Meanwhile, district administration officials said that plans are afoot to hold four more health camps in and around slums in Sector 8 to screen the slum-dwellers. “We’ve come across many symptomatic cases while holding these camps. However, fortunately, most of these patients were under institutional quarantine,” said a senior health official.

In Noida, the JJ colony clusters of Sector 8, 9, 5, and 10 have been proving to be a major challenge for the health department authorities to contain the spread of the virus. At least 54 people have tested Covid-19 positive from sectors 8, 9, and 10 so far. Currently, over 100 persons from the JJ Colony cluster are under institutional quarantine.

Five more cases

On Saturday, five new cases of Covid-19 were reported from GB Nagar, including that of the 65-year-old man from Sector 8, taking the number of cases in the district to 247.

A 32-year-old man from Sector 76 was found positive and officials suspect that he may have contracted the infection from earlier patients from the area. Three patients — two female aged 26 and 45 and a 20-year-old man — from Sector 5 were also found positive.

Around 10 people have tested Covid-19 positive from Noida Sector 5 since April. Officials suspect that all the identified patients from Sector 5 are part of the Ceasefire company trail.

By Saturday night, the health department had collected a total of 4,738 samples. Currently, there are 61 active Covid-19 cases in the district. Around 435 persons are under institutional quarantine while 181 Covid positive patients have been discharged after completing the treatment successfully. On Saturday, officials received 41 reports, out of which five were found positive.


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