Sikkim records first health worker casualty

Gangtok, 18 Sept:

Friday was a sad day for Sikkim as we lost our first health worker to COVID-19. 49-year-old Assistant Nursing Superintendent, Basanti Sundas breathed her last on Friday morning at STNM Hospital. She was the 24th covid casualty of the state.

Late Sundas was COVID positive and was recently released from the hospital. However, she was rushed back to STNM Hospital on 17 Sept and passed away in the morning of 18 Sept. It was informed that she was a hypertension patient.

Late Sundas was part of the 8th batch of COVID warriors who were on COVID duty from 11 July till 17 July. After that she was mostly working in the emergency ward of STNM Hospital. She is survived by her two sons and husband.

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha president and Chief Minister PS Tamang condoled her demise in a press release issued by the party

Meanwhile, Sikkim registered a total of seven COVID-related deaths in two days [Thursday and Friday], including the one mentioned earlier, taking the death toll to 25 in the State.

There were four COVID-19 related deaths yesterday in the State and three more deaths are recorded today.

A 45-year-old male residing near Hungry Jack was brought dead at around 8 PM today and tested positive for COVID-19 post-mortem.

Likewise, Mr Bhutia mentioned that a 72-year-old man from Baiguney in West Sikkim, who had tested positive in RT-PCR on 16 September, was admitted to the ICU ward of STNM Hospital and passed away this afternoon at around 1:10 PM. The patient had the co-morbidities of diabetes and hypertension.

The State had registered four COVID-related deaths on Thursday.

A 49-year-old lady from Tibet Road, Gangtok was brought dead to STNM hospital Thursday morning and was found COVID-19 positive. It is informed that she had a history of asthma and diabetes and was also a dialysis patient.

A 25-year-old male from Bishal Gaon, Arithang, who was shifted from the Central Referral Hospital, Tadong to STNM hospital after testing positive in rapid antigen testing, also passed away on Thursday morning. He had comorbidities and was also suffering from MDR TB.

The third death was recorded of a 64-year-old woman from Vajra area in Gangtok, who passed away yesterday. She had paralysis and co-morbid conditions.

A 67-year-old male from Development Area, Gangtok, who had a history of diabetes and hypertension, passed away yesterday at STNM hospital.