With record-breaking 40 deaths in a day on Friday, Nagpur is now climbing the hill to the pandemic peak in top gear.
With over 2,500 cases reported in just the first seven days of the month, the Covid-19 situation is worsening by the day.
A sudden spike in Covid-19 cases has increased the worries of all Nagpurians including health officials and administration.
Senior doctors in the administration and members of Nagpur Covid-19 task force said this could be a sign of community spread, though the government is shying away from accepting it officially.
“NMC conducted a Covid-19 testing camp in Jaripatka two days ago. A total of 109 persons got themselves tested. Out of them, 35 tested positive.
This means the sample positivity rate is more than 30%. If such a large number of people is testing positive in random tests, what more you need as proof of community spread?” asked Dr. Vinky Rughwani, vice-president of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC).
“Earlier also, similar camps were held in Jaripatka and the positivity rate has always been above 25%. Most alarming is that many of those who got themselves tested were just casual walk-ins without any contact with the earlier positive patients,” Dr. Rughwani added.
A senior member of the Nagpur COVID task force said the declaration of community spread must come from the horse’s mouth.
“Personally, I believe there is a community spread in the city and district as well. But, government authorities and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) must declare it,” he said.
“India is a big country and different regions will reach a peak at different times. After Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata, now cities like Pune and Nagpur are witnessing peak. This will be followed by rural areas,” the doctor claimed.
An increasing number of cases is still not of great concern, but the increasing number of Covid-19 deaths is a major cause of worry for the authorities. Late reporting of patients with aggravated lung fibrosis is one of the reasons, said treating doctors.
“Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue gets damaged and scarred. Recovering from this condition is difficult in case the patient comes late,” said a doctor. As medication is not available on Covid-19, authorities are now gearing up to provide off-label plasma therapy to serious patients.
“Serious patients will be given plasma therapy. We have collected more than 450 bags of plasma for the Project Platina plasma therapy trial. But, this is not just a research activity. We want to save people’s lives. So, plasma therapy will be available for serious patients in Nagpur soon,” said Dr. Mohd Faisal, state coordinator of Project Platina.
(With inputs from TimesOfIndia)