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Diabetes, hypertension increase Covid-19 death risk, say experts | Patna News

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PATNA: Around 63% of people, who have died at different hospitals in Patna due to Covid-19, had diabetes, hypertension or both. According to experts, the immune system of people having co-morbidities like diabetes and hypertension becomes weak and they are at high risk as far as Covid-19 fatality is concerned.
Of 132 Covid deaths recorded at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)- Patna, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) and Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), around 86 had diabetes and hypertension.
Dr Sanjeev Kumar, nodal officer for Covid-19 at AIIMS-Patna, said of the 62 patients who have died at the hospital, 32 had diabetes and 12 were suffering from cancer and heart disease. “While treating diabetes or hypertension patients, the doctors ensure that the blood sugar and blood pressure parameters are kept in control. Besides, presence of diabetic complications and old age increase the risk of death,” he said.
At NMCH, 54 Covid deaths have been recorded so far and 80% of the victims had diabetes and hypertension, nine were cancer patients, four were asthmatic and one was suffering from tuberculosis.
Dr Mukul Kumar Singh, epidemiologist-cum-nodal officer at NMCH, said people with diabetes are more vulnerable to the infection, especially those in the age group of 50 to 70 years as high blood sugar levels can weaken the patient’s immune system defences.
“Patents with controlled diabetes have good chances of recovery. There is no different parameter for the Covid treatment of a healthy person or those suffering from other health ailments. However, the doctors have to ensure that people with other health ailments take their medicines regularly,” Dr Mukul said.
According to PMCH nodal officer for Covid Dr P N Jha, eight patients who died of Covid at the hospital had diabetes and hypertension and four had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). “The remaining four had no health ailments, but they were symptomatic,” he said.
An NMCH doctor said people with other health ailments should avoid going to private hospitals. “Private hospitals in Patna are not taking precautionary measures while treating patients for other health ailments. When the patient’s health deteriorates, they come to NMCH for treatment and test positive for Covid-19,” the doctor said.
Experts said diabetic and hypertension patients should stay at home, keep checking their blood pressure and sugar levels and take vitamins.
Dr Sunil Kumar, general secretary of Bihar chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA), said fluctuation in blood pressure and sugar level causes problems in treatment of Covid. “These patients should take vitamin C and D tablets, immunity boosters and ‘kadha’,” he said.

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