Nagpur: Among the incidental findings, counted as coronavirus deaths in the Vidarbha region in the past five days, five were sickle cell disease (SCD) patients, Whose ages ranged from 10 to 35 years.
A 29-year-old man died in Akola, a 28-year-old girl died in Gadchiroli, a 35-year-old boy died in Gondia, A 10-year-old boy died in Mayo Hospital Nagpur, a 30-year-old man died in Nagpur. A three-month-old baby has died in the Buldhana district on Wednesday. which reportedly had sickle cell among other complications, But the officials could not confirm it at all.
Doctors have also reported that people with sickle cell disease have a four times higher risk of hospitalization. And the risk of dying from coronavirus is doubled. Even people who carry just one copy of the sickle cell gene (the carrier status for sickle cell disease), They also have increased risk.
Sickle cell is a major health problem in Vidarbha region. Despite all the measures, the prevalence of sickle cell in central India is only about 22-44%. Most of the affected patients come from low socio-economic backgrounds with financial problems.
Sickle cell disease patients in Nagpur
Dr Vinky Rughwani, Founder Chairman of Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Center who is also Vice Chairman of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), has said that he is constantly requesting the authorities that sickle cell patients should be treated as an exception. And allow covid vaccination of all these patients, irrespective of age group.
Gautam Dongre, secretary of the NASCO, has underscored the need for separate treatment of sickle patients in case they are admitted to this hospital for any purpose. He has said that a patient suffering from sickle cell disease will look like a normal patient, but organ damage and infection occurs in a very short time.
He has also said that only two sickle cell disease patients in Nagpur have got disability certificates in the last five months. The only sickle cell testing facility at GMCH is non-functional for the past few months.
Dr Kshitij Suryawanshi who is himself a sickle patient. He has said that the coronavirus pandemic has created major health problems for sickle cell patients. Even during the second wave of covid, some patients have died at a very young age, But there was hardly any document. In the third wave of this virus, since the number of deaths is very less, due to this they are getting worrying information about these patients.