Even with 32 new cases, Lancet study shows Sikkim least vulnerable to COVID-19

Even with 32 new cases, Lancet study shows Sikkim least vulnerable to COVID-19

Gangtok, July 17: In his daily Health Bulletin, the Health Secretary cum Director General Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia informed the state of 32 new positive COVID-19 confirmed cases.

With 88 patients recovered and discharged from a cumulative total of 254 cases, the active cases tally stands at 166. Five more tested positive on the Rapid Antigen Testing at Rongpo, and out of them, two were security personnel of a bank who returned to Siliguri. The others have been isolated in the COVID-19 Wing of STNM Hospital. 

On Thursday, out of the 433 RTPCR tests conducted, 29 tested positive for COVID-19, out of which six were GREF personnel, 15 were family members of GREF personnel, one had tested from the STNM Hospital’s Flu Clinic, and seven from SSB Camp, Yuksam, who have now been shifted to the Isolation Ward at Geyzing Hospital.

With the three who tested positive at Rapid Antigen Testing at Rongpo and the 29 who tested positive from the RTPCR tests, the number of new cases are 32.

Further, Dr. Pempa also informed that an inspection visit tp Rhenock, Rongli and adjoining areas for assessing the situation and finalizing on the isolation facilities to lodge asymptomatic positive persons was conducted by him and a team comprising of Secretary Coordination, DC East, SP East, Additional Director Health, Under Secretary Coordination, and IEC Officials of Health Department, according to IPR.

An IPR press release states, “The team visited Community Health Centre Rhenock and interacted with the health workers, police personnel and panchayats. Rhenock Senior Secondary School Girls Hostel was identified and approved as the ideal place to lodge asymptomatic positive cases if the need arises. They would be provided treatment and care by the doctors and health workers of Rhenock CHC,”

While in a nation-wide study which was published in the medical journal ‘Lancet’ in a stroke of relief has said that Sikkim scored 0 in the rankings in the study whose subject is ‘A vulnerability index for the management of and response to the Covid-19 epidemic in India: An ecological study,’

The objective of the study, says Dr Rajib Acharya of the Population Council, New Delhi who is one of the authors of the study, was to see how vulnerable is to the pandemic’s effect. The vulnerability index is defined by factors like housing and hygiene conditions, availability of Healthcare, social-economic conditions and infrastructure are some of the various factors.

The study was conducted using collected data from several sources like National Family Health Survey 2015-2016, Census, Rural Health Statistics 2018 and National Health Profile 2019.

With Sikkim scoring 0 it ranks in the least vulnerable state while simultaneously states like Madhya Pradesh, followed by Bihar who ranks 1, and 0.971 respectively on the vulnerability scale.