August 11, 2022

Multi-vitamin treatment, paracetamol alone administered to 40 patients Omicron

Multivitamins and paracetamol were so far the only treatment provided to Omicron patients at Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi, doctors said on Friday.

The LNJP Hospital, which is the Delhi government’s largest health facility, has so far reported 40 cases of the concerning novel coronavirus variant. Nineteen of these patients have already been discharged.

A chief medical officer at the hospital said around 90% of patients were “asymptomatic” and the rest had mild symptoms such as “sore throat, mild fever and body aches”.

“The treatment included only multivitamins and paracetamol tablets. We didn’t feel the need to give them any other medications,” he said.

The doctor said most of the patients are those who tested positive for COVID-19 at the airport upon arrival from foreign countries. Most of them are fully vaccinated and “three-four have even done boosters”, he added.

The patients included an MP from an African country, a member of a royal family from a northern Indian state and family members of bureaucrats, a source said.

According to data from the Union Health Ministry, Delhi has registered 67 cases of Omicron so far, of which 23 have been discharged.

Apart from LNJP Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram City Hospital, Max Saket Hospital, Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj and Batra Hospital in Tughlakabad have also set up facilities to treat and isolate suspected cases of Omicron by order of the city government.

Genome sequencing of samples from all people infected with COVID-19 in Delhi has been ongoing since Wednesday, December 22 to determine if the new Omicron variant has spread in the community.

The Delhi government-run laboratories at Lok Nayak Hospital and the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences can sequence 100 samples every day. Two labs run by the Center in Delhi can sequence 200 to 300 samples a day, according to the city’s health minister, Satyendar Jain.

Anticipating an increase in Covid cases due to the fast-spreading Omicron variant, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday that his government had prepared to treat one lakh patient and conduct three lakh tests a day. , and to ensure the availability of sufficient manpower, medicine and oxygen.

Kejriwal pointed out that the latest variant of the coronavirus spreads quickly and claimed it causes “very mild” infection, fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths.

Therefore, the government has focused on strengthening its home isolation module, and instructions have been issued to hire agencies to treat patients at home, he said.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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