Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital in Imphal
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1st COVID-19 death reported in Manipur; cremation yet to be finalised

The deceased, Sapam Basanta Singh, was admitted to RIMS Hospital on July 22 over chronic kidney failure; tested COVID-19 positive on Sunday

Vangamla Salle K S

Vangamla Salle K S

Imphal: A 56-year-old man, a resident of Khongjom Sapam in Thoubal district, reportedly died on early Wednesday at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital in Imphal. This is the first fatality due to coronavirus in the state.

According to RIMS medical superintendent Dr Ch Arunkumar Singh, the deceased -- identified as Sapam Basanta Singh -- was admitted to the hospital on July 22 over chronic kidney failure type-V of long duration with a history of multiple sessions of dialysis.

The patient, who also had a type-2 diabetes with urosepsis (multi-drug resistant Klebsiella pneumonia), hypertension, bilateral lower respiratory tract infection, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

As per the official report, the patient, while on intensive care, was declared dead around 2 am on Wednesday.

Dr Arunkumar also said that a thorough screening for COVID-19 has been carried among the healthcare workers and patients of the RIMS Hospital as a precautionary measure and to avoid further health escalation.

Speaking with EastMojo, Dr Arunkumar informed that the body is currently kept at RIMS morgue and the modality for cremation is in a process.

"I am writing to both the deputy commissioners of Imphal East and Imphal West districts and police superintendents (SPs) to clear the cremation process. Because the body is in Imphal West and the cremation site is located at Imphal East, so both the district administrations need to be informed," said Dr Arunkumar.

He further said that if the relatives of the victim want to take back the body and cremate at their native place, it is permissible, as per the guidelines.

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