Panaji: The dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic claimed three more lives on Monday, taking the death toll to 17 in the state. As per the information provided by the directorate of health services, two persons succumbed to the deadly virus while undergoing treatment at the Margao-based COVID Hospital – a 47-year-old woman from Mangor Hill and a 60-year-old man from Bellabai, Vasco.
The third victim was a 58-year-old man from Varunapuri, Vasco, who was brought dead at the sub-district hospital at Chicalim, and was found to be COVID positive postmortem.
Of the total 17 fatalities, 11 are from Vasco, which has been worst affected by the pandemic in the state.
And 15 of the 17 deaths have been reported in the first two weeks of this month, while the remaining three deaths were reported last month.
Director of health services Dr Jose De Sa told a press conference in Panaji that majority of the patients who died of COVID-19 had co-morbidity conditions.
Dr Sunanda Amonkar, incharge of the COVID hospital, said that 14 of the 17 deaths took place in the COVID Hospital.
Three COVID fatalities were of above the age of 80; two were bedridden for a prolonged period of time and were suffering from illness like dementia and malnutrition. The third person had tested for bilateral pneumonia after being admitted to the hospital.
Four deaths were reported in the age group between 70-80; of which three patients had co-morbidity conditions like diabetes and hypertension, while the fourth one had history of stroke.
In the age of 60-70 years, the hospital lost three patients; of which one was hypertensive, the second patient was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, while the third one was a diabetic.
Dr Amonkar said that in the age group of 50-60 a patient who passed away was suffering from hypertension, diabetes and heart problems. He had also undergone bypass surgery.
She further said that in the age group of 40-50 two patients died; both of them were cancer patients and had been on chemotherapy.
In the age group of below 40, one man died who had liver problem.
Giving details of the three men who passed away at other places in Goa, Dr Amonkar said that one of them was 50-year old who was reportedly experiencing breathlessness and was suffering from fever; the second was a 45-year-old person who suffered from a chronic disease. However, the details were not known; he had a history of fever. The last case was of a 58-year-old man, who had uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant maintained that the COVID fatality rate has been rising in the state because of co-morbidity conditions of COVID patients.
Speaking to media persons, Sawant said that all the 17 patients who have died of coronavirus in Goa had co-morbidity conditions.
Of the 17 deaths, four to five people were cancer patients, eight to ten were patients and were of above 75 years of age, he explained, adding that one deceased person had liver problem.
“We have to understand that the COVID fatality rate has been rising in the state due to co-morbidity conditions of the patients,” he said.