SRINAGAR: A 65-year-old COVID-19 patient from Shopian district died at a hospital here on Tuesday, taking the fatality count due to the pathogen to 191 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Confirming the death, Dr Shifa Deva, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Bemina, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of the COVID-19 patients, told news agency GNS that the sexagenarian man was admitted to the hospital on July 10.
“He already had Coronary bypass surgery and was also suffering from pneumonia. He died today,” she added.
Earlier, a 47-year-old agriculture officer from Jammu’s Talab Tillo died at Government Medical College Jammu, two days after he tested positive for the COVID-19.
Principal GMC Jammu Dr Nasib Chand Digra said that the man was admitted to the hospital on July 12 and was put on a ventilator last night. “He died (at 7: 40 a.m.) today,” he said.
A senior doctor at GMC Jammu said that the 47-year-old, Agriculture Officer at Directorate of Agriculture Talab Tillo Jammu, was suffering from bilateral community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and hypertension.
“He had high-grade fever and cough. He remained on oxygen since the time of admission,” the doctor added.
Prior to him, a 60-year-old COVID-19 patient from Nadihal area of Baramulla district died at SKIMS Soura, nine days after he was admitted to the tertiary care hospital.
“He was a case of HTN, T2DM, CKD, ESRD, (bilateral community-acquired pneumonia (CAP),” Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent of the hospital said. “He expired at around 4:00 a.m. today,” Professor Jan added. With these deaths, 173 people in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu have died so far due to the COVID-19.
Srinagar district with 46 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (36), Kulgam (21), Shopian (17), Anantnag (14), Budgam (14), eleven each in Jammu and Kupwara, Pulwama (6), Bandipora (3), Ganderbal (4) and Doda (2) while one death each has been reported from Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua.