Tinsukia: A senior official of Brahmaputra Cracker Polymer Limited (BCPL) died due to COVID-19 at the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh on Wednesday.

Manob Jyoti Duarah was serving as the chief manager (C&P) of the BCPL, the Lepetkata-based Navaratna company.

Talking to EastMojo, superintendent of AMCH, Dr Prashanta Dihingia said Duarah, 45, was admitted to the SARI Intensive Care Unit (ICU) under medicine unit on April 10. “The patient, having no travel history and contact history, was shifted to COVID-19 ICU after his RT-PCR report came positive on April 11,” Dihingia added.

He was a known diabetic and had been on medication for three years. “On examination, the patient was tachypnoeic, BP -127/70, pulse rate -90/ min, spo2 was 77% room air, 92% with face mask,” Dihingia said, adding “He was started on injection Remdesivir 200 mg in 100 ml IV over 30 minutes besides other injections and was given oxygen through NIV April 12.”

Dihingia said the patient was also administered an insulin injection according to his blood sugar status. “On April 13, the patient developed respiratory distress and his Spo2 fluctuated and dropped to 20 levels on NIV. He succumbed next day at 11 am.”

Duarah, a resident of the Jorhat district, is survived by his wife and a 12-year-old son.

Dihingia added that around 50 beds in the ICU have oxygen and ventilator facilities under the COVID-19 ward. They will be increased as the situation demands. “Nine beds in the ICU and 13 beds in isolation wards are occupied,” added Dihingia.

On Tuesday, 62 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the Dibrugarh district.

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