More men die of Covid-19 than women
Thiruvananthapuram: In Kerala more men have succumbed to Covid-19 than women. The Covid audit committee analysed the 223 deaths between August and September first week and found that 157 of them were men. The committee also evaluated that the reverse quarantine process, where those above 65-years of age and those with high risk of contracting the coronavirus are quarantined, failed resulting in 24 percent (61 persons) deaths.
The committee audited a total of 252 deaths and confirmed that 223 of them succumbed to Covid-19. The reason for 9 deaths have not been confirmed due to lack of clinical information and test results.
Only two of the deceased did not have comorbidities. 116 were suffering from high blood pressure, 12o were diabetic and 15 were cancer patients. 54 of the dead were heart patients while 36 were suffering from kidney diseases.
The average age of the deceased was 63.5. From 7-month-old baby to 97-year-old elderly have lost their lives to Covid. The statistics show that as age increases, risk of Covid death are high.
Most number of deaths were reported from Thiruvananthapuram (31) while Kollam reported 34 deaths, Alappuzha 30, Ernakulam 26, Thrisssur 25, Kozhikode 29 and Kannur 22. Idukki and Palakkad reported 1 death each.
The audit committee also put forward a few recommendations. Centres providing care to high-risk patients, like dialysis and cancer care centres, should follow strict infection prevention and control practices.
Reverse quarantine should be strengthened. Awareness on Covid risk and need for reverse quarantine should be spread. Continuous monitoring of oxygen levels on patients should be done. Antigen tests should be increased. Brought dead to hospital should be tested on suspicion of Covid-19.