Guwahati, July 16: Assam health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma today informed that aggressive treatment of COVID patients in moderate stage had paid dividends in the state so far with recovery rate improving after administration of anti-viral medication.
“After discussions among medical colleges and frontline hospitals, the collective decision was to initiate aggressive treatment of moderate stage patients through oxygen therapy, anti-viral medicine apart from steroids to prevent mortality,” Sarma said.
“Remdesivir, (an anti-viral medicine approved for COVID treatment), has been administered on 83 patients in the state so far and 36 of them have recovered after completion of their therapy. The mortality after administration of the medicine has come down to four,” he said.
Sarma further said that in case of failure to cure patients in moderate stage, they are admitted to intensive care units. “So far, Assam has had 118 COVID patients in ICUs and 45 have been cured from critical stage. As of now the state has 53 COVID patients in ICUs,” the minister said.
“The recovery rate in the state is v65.24 per cent even as the cases have increased. However, the third wave has come relatively late in Assam. Between June 15 and July 15, the state has registered 12,218 cases compared to just 4,309 cases in the first three months,” he said.