Only treatment given to 40 Omicron patients at Delhi hospital

Multivitamins and paracetamol were so far the only treatments provided to Omicron patients at Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi, doctors said on Friday.

LNJP Hospital, which is the largest healthcare facility in Delhi government, has so far reported 40 cases of the worrisome novel variant coronavirus. Nineteen of these patients have already been discharged.

A chief medical officer at the hospital said about 90% of the patients were “asymptotic” and the rest had mild symptoms such as “sore throat, mild fever and body aches.”

“The treatment only included multivitamins and paracetamol tablets. We didn’t feel the need to give them any other medication,” he said.

The doctor said most of the patients are those who tested positive for COVID-19 at the airport upon arrival from foreign countries. Most of them are fully vaccinated and “three in four have even had boosters,” he added.

The patients included an MP from an African country, a member of a royal family from a northern Indian state and family members of bureaucrats, a source said.

According to data from the Union Ministry of Health, Delhi has so far registered 67 Omicron cases, of which 23 have been released.

Besides LNJP Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram City Hospital, Max Saket Hospital, Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj and Batra Hospital in Tughlakabad have also set up facilities to treat and isolate suspected cases of Omicron by order of the city government.

Genome sequencing of samples from all those infected with COVID-19 in Delhi has been underway since Wednesday, December 22 to determine whether the new Omicron variant has spread in the community.

Delhi government-run labs at Lok Nayak Hospital and the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences can sequence 100 samples every day. According to the city’s Minister of Health, Satyendar Jain, two laboratories run by the Center in Delhi can sequence 200 to 300 samples per day.

Anticipating an increase in Covid cases due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday his government had prepared to treat a lakh of patients and perform three lakh tests per day, and to ensure the availability of sufficient manpower, drugs and oxygen.

Kejriwal pointed out that the latest variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly and claimed it causes “very mild” infection, fewer hospitalizations and deaths.

Therefore, the government has focused on strengthening its home isolation module and instructions have been issued to hire agencies to treat patients at home, he said.

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