In a development that boosts morale of the common people and COVID Warriors including medical fraternity, two nonagenarian COVID-19 patients have successfully defeated the highly infectious disease in Odisha.
The incident has brought cheers among all. The two patients -- Satchidananda Mohanty and Dhirendranath Das -- both aged 91, were admitted to dedicated COVID-19 hospitals in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar respectively on September 5.
They were discharged on Sunday night. Mr.Mohanty, an eminent advocate in Kendrapara town, was also suffering from hypothyroid and neurological ailments. He was immediately shifted to the ICU after his admission to the hospital.
"We were worried about his condition as his oxygen level had dropped a day after his admission. However, his condition improved gradually after we put him under oxygen support," a doctor who treated Mr.Mohanty said.
Mr.Mohanty, profusely thanked Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.
Mr.Mohapatra has been proactively pursued the cases and saw to it that all care is extended to the octogenarian.
Mr.Mohanty also thanked National Health Mission Director Shalini Pandit for making provision of extra care for elderly COVID-19 patients.
He also thanked Kendrapara District Collector Samarth Verma and health personnel for their dedicated service to the patients.
"As no relative is allowed entry into the COVID hospitals, doctors and other health personnel were like my family members. They looked after us with full dedication," Mr.Mohanty said.
His 60-year-old son Debdas, a type-II diabetes patient, also recovered from COVID-19 after being treated at the same hospital.
Debadas Mohanty said his father is a voracious reader and spends three hours at the 122-year-old Diamond Jubilee Public Library in Kendrapara. “He had visited the library after the lockdown and got infected there. The doctors have now advised him to stay at home,” he said.
Kendrapara District Lawyer Association President Saroj Raj Singh said: “The nonagenarian has inspired many”.
The other nonagenarian patient, Dhirendranath Das, a former senior official with the Press Information Bureau and the All India Radio, was also shifted to the ICU.
Das had developed a breathing problem after contracting the disease.
A team of doctors including Dr Pradipta Kumar Patra, Dr Santosh Singh, Dr Asish Malla and Dr Arun Rath treated Das.
PPE-clad nurses had fed the patient as he was unable to eat by himself.
"While my father was being taken to the hospital, he had told us he would defeat coronavirus. It became a reality because of the relentless efforts of the doctors and the nurses," Mr.Das's daughter Debadatta said.