SILCHAR: Impact of COVID-19 in Barak Valley: "After reaching climax, COVID-19 second wave seems to be on the declining trend, but it is too early to say anything at this stage" pointed out Dr Bhaskar Gupta, Vice-Principal, Silchar Medical College and Hospital while talking to The Sentinel. Dr Gupta said as against the crowding of COVID positive cases in April and May in SMCH, there has been their less number in June. The doctors and nurses were at one stage upset when against 180 bed capacity in COVID ward, the figure crossed 300 plus. Fortunately, their number has come down to 127 as of date.
Still, there can be no room for complacence but "We are optimistic, the trend will definitely show sign of the end of second wave," Dr Gupta said. According to him, the active cases count for 213, 86 in ICU, 159 on oxygen and 24 on ventilator support. During the last 24 hours, 33 COVID patients were admitted and 32 discharged. 19 have taken home isolation.
Dr Gupta added to say during the last 24 hours, 4 patients died of the pandemic disease. They are Manir Ahmed (59) of Silcoorie on the outskirt of this town, Gopa Namasudra (38) of Karimganj, Namar Ali (71) of Hailakandi and Kabita Sarkar (30) of Harinagar, Cachar. This takes the tally of dead by COVID positive to 132 from April 1 to June 9. In the midst of being caught between hope and despair, Dr Gupta advised to be optimistic.