Published on April 27, 2020

Ahmedabad: While the death rate for those having co-morbidities is higher in Gujarat, there is a glimmer of hope. State health department officials said that 17% of the recovered patients had one or more co-morbidities.
Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary (health & family welfare), said that an analysis of the 229 patients discharged has revealed that 40 of them had co-morbidities. “It included high blood pressure, kidney diseases, diabetes, heart issues and so on,” she said.
She added that the department thus insists on quicker identification of Covid-19 infection and hospitalization for better chances of recovery.

The principal secretary mentioned that after successful experiments in India and abroad, Gujarat will also initiate the process where Covid-19 patients will be encouraged to sleep on their stomachs to ease their breathing.

Ravi compared Gujarat to European countries having a population of about 5 to 6.5 crore — Gujarat has 6.5 crore — to argue that the state and India at large have fared much better due to steps such as the lockdown.

“We completed 35 days since the detection of the first Covid-19 patient in the state,” she said. “Today, we have 3,071 cases. If we compare the figure to those of a few of European nations of the same size: Spain had 94,410 cases, Italy 80,536, and France 56,972.”

She said that several factors ranging from BCG vaccine given to Indian population and warmer climate to stringent measures initiated by the government could be responsible for the number in Gujarat.

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