Published on August 1, 2022
Ahmedabad: Compared to two deaths in June, the month of July recorded 24 fatalities at an average of about six deaths a week. The Covid cases also recorded a jump – from 6,828 in June to 22,199 in July.
Thus, while June recorded 1 death per 3,414 cases, in July, 1 death was seen every 925 cases. Ahmedabad city alone recorded 15, or 63%, of the monthly deaths.
The state health department analysis gave insight into Covid mortality and indicated that it has slightly changed compared to third wave. Two-thirds of the deaths are still being recorded in 60+ years age group. In Ahmedabad, patients between 40 and 60 years of age accounted for 40% of the deaths.
About 26% of deceased were unvaccinated or had not taken both doses, whereas 74% had received both shots. About 60% deaths took place in the first three days of hospitalization, whereas 20% died within 24 hours of admission.
Manoj Aggarwal, ACS (health), said majority of deaths are still among patients with comorbidities. Analysis of Ahmedabad cases indicated hypertension and diabetes as most prevalent health conditions – found in 47% and 33% patients respectively – followed by cancer, kidney disease and heart conditions.
Dr Bharat Gadhvi, president of Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association, said that in the past fortnight, private hospitals in the city have recorded a rise in both admissions and mortality of Covid patients. “The patient profile has not changed drastically – those with chronic diseases need intervention for both the condition and Covid infection. But vaccination has drastically reduced the number of patients going on a ventilator or requiring oxygen,” he said.
West rivals east in July mortality; 73% of victims were fully vaccinated
Covid did not differentiate between the rich and the poor, government and private hospitals, and eastern and western parts of the city when choosing its victims last month. Analysis of 15 deaths recorded by the civic body in July indicated that western areas accounted for seven deaths, whereas those in the east saw one more death, registering a total of eight.
Navrangpura recorded three deaths, followed by two each in Naranpura and Ramol-Hathijan. The other areas that recorded one death each included Paldi, Gota, Shahpur, Dariapur, Isanpur, Amraiwadi, Gomtipur and Saraspur-Rakhial.
(With Jignesh Parmar)
The patterns in government and private hospitals indicated that SVP Hospital and Civil Hospital recorded four deaths each, whereas one was recorded in UN Mehta Heart Institute at Civil Hospital campus. The remaining six were recorded in private hospitals.
“Women accounted for 60% of the deaths, whereas in age groups, the maximum mortality was recorded in the 40-60 years group at six. Both 60-80 and 80-100 age groups recorded four deaths each.
None of the deceased were under 40; the oldest was a 92-year-old woman,” said a health department official.
The vaccination status of the deceased patients indicated that 11 were fully vaccinated, whereas the remaining four had not taken even a single shot.
The hospitalization records indicated that out of about 2,000-odd active patients, 5-7% got admitted to hospitals. “While Covid mortality is up, the number should be seen in context of the rise in overall cases. In our facility, we had 12 patients on Sunday evening out of which three are on BiPAP and three on oxygen. The numbers did not go past single digit till mid-July,” said a Civil Hospital official.
City-based critical care specialists said that the most broad-based profiles are those of the deceased patients since a majority of those who needed intensive care or couldn’t survive had severe comorbidities.
Analysis of the patient profiles also indicated that seven had hypertension, five each had diabetes and cancer, two each had kidney and heart diseases, and one each had Alzheimer’s and paralysis among others.
(With Jignesh Parmar)