Who Is Dhenu Umaji Chavan - 105 Year Old Beating Covid-19 in India
A 105-year-old centenarian and his 95-year-old wife living in India's Maharashtra state have beaten Covid-19 after successful treatment, offering a glimmer of hope as the country's death toll from the disease surged past 200,000 on Wednesday (April 28).
Dhenu Umaji Chavan and his wife Motabai contracted the virus in March and were admitted to a government hospital in the state's Latur district.
"The two patients were admitted here by their children on 25 March. We examined them. They had fever and breathing problems at that time. The elderly couple were put on oxygen support and were also given doses of the antiviral from time to time," Dr Sudhir Deshmukh told ANI on Wednesday.
“They were brought to us in time and there was no delay in seeking treatment and that made a significant difference”, said Dr Halkanche. Latur district is currently seeing an average of 1,000 cases daily and several patients are not getting tested in time and coming in the hospital with severe symptoms. Timely detection and treatment will ensure complete recovery”, said Dr Halkanche.
|Dhenu Umaji Chavan and his wife Motabai Dhenu Chavanwas, the couple who recovered from COVID. (Photo/ANI)|
They were discharged on April 4 after 10 days of successful treatment.
The doctors were able to cure them within seven days. The elderly couple is now back home. They have appealed to people to keep hope without fearing Corona. With proper medical care it can be cured, they said.
A total of five members of the Chavan family had tested positive on March 24. “We live as a joint family. Other than my parents, the three children had tested positive too. My parents were running high temperatures and my father had a severe stomache as well, and so I decided to admit them both to a hospital”, said Suresh.
Suresh Chavan said, "When we got to know that both my elderly parents were Corona positive we were numb. I took them to the hospital where they were put on ventilators. Seeing this I was worried. But the doctors gave me hope and asked me to be patient. They will be cured, I was told."
He said his father, a farmer, has been very active his whole life and worked towards water conservation in the drought-prone region. He had gifted his own land to construct a school and a well in the village. “When they were discharged, people from across the district told me that it is his good deeds that helped him fight the virus”, said Shuresh.
Maharashtra state is one of the worst-hit by the pandemic.
India, with a population of 1.3 billion, has an official tally of nearly 18 million infections and 201,187 deaths, after 3,293 deaths overnight, health ministry data showed, although health experts say infections and deaths are probably far higher.
The Thackeray government of Maharashtra has taken a big decision. More than 5 crore 71 lakh people between 18 and 45 years will be given the vaccine for free. The Congress vote was to give free vaccine to everyone, whereas the NCP leaders believed that giving free vaccine to the people who have the capacity would add unnecessary burden to the state exchequer. After considering the votes of ministers of all parties, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has decided to give free vaccine to 5 crore 71 lakh people of the state.
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Covid-19 in Maharashtra
Although the number of Covid cases in Maharashtra, especially in Mumbai, has come down, the state government is in no hurry to lift restrictions which are in force till April 30, and may extend the restrictions beyond May, barring a few minor relaxations, as it fears that a third Covid wave may start if the curbs are relaxed, according to Economic Times.
Top government officials said some of these restrictions will be there till June at least. The thinking in government circles is that a sizeable percentage of the population must be vaccinated before even contemplating the easing of restrictions.
Experts from the state’s Covid Task Force have told the government that the third wave would begin if some of the restrictions are lifted, going by the pattern observed in foreign countries.
Subhash Salunkhe and advisor to the state government on the state’s Covid Task Force told ET that restrictions cannot be withdrawn for another three weeks at least as “people are still struggling for ICU and ventilator beds. We can’t breathe easy unless you vaccinate at least 60% of the population say by July.”
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Tuesday that the state had floated tenders for 132 oxygen generation plants that run on the Pressure Swing Adsorption technology. “We are also buying 40,000 oxygen concentrators. 27 ISO oxygen containers will be kept for storage of buffer stock through divisional headquarters. 25,000 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen and another 10 lakh vials of Remdesivir is being sought,” he said.
Government officials said that even this may not be enough for the third wave and said that more arrangements would be made in every district to increase beds, ICU beds, oxygenated beds and ventilator facilities. “At the moment, we cannot think of lifting restrictions as cases can spike again. We need to be prepared for the third wave,” said a state government official.
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