The 49-year-old health worker was working as an assistant nursing staff at STNM Hospital

GANGTOK: Sikkim records its first COVID-19 death of a health worker as an assistant nursing superintendent (ANS) from STNM Hospital, who was working mostly in emergency wards, expired due to the virus in the wee hours on Friday.

Sources informed the EastMojo that the 49-year-old nurse from Daragaon, Tadong was admitted in the hospital almost two weeks ago. She was in ventilator.

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“She had co-morbidities of hypertension. Earlier, she was discharged from the hospital on September 15 after staying there for almost two weeks due to the COVID and was on home isolation. On Wednesday evening, she was brought to hospital again and was under ventilation since Thursday. Her BP and pulse were too low, her sugar level had also dropped. Finally, she expired at 2:30 am on Friday,” sources said, adding : Prior to her testing positive, she was on COVID duty in the hospital.

Meanwhile, as per health director general Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia, “It is a great loss and a tragedy, we are unable to do a special funeral for her owing to COVID but her name will always be remembered for the contribution she has made. As per the national ruling, she will be getting an insurance of Rs. 50 lakh.”

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Earlier, Sikkim recorded 49 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. There are now 480 active cases in the state with 2,221 positive cases reported. Thirty-two patients were discharged from different isolation facilities in the State.

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