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West Bengal: To check Covid death rate, 24×7 call centre checks on elderly patients

At 1.86 per cent, West Bengal has the second highest Covid death rate in the country after Maharashtra’s 2.6 per cent while the national average hovers around 1.5 per cent.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
November 8, 2020 5:55:00 am
Experts say prolonged poll campaign helped COVID cases jump in rural BengalOn February 26, when the Election Commission announced the poll dates, West Bengal's number of active Covid cases was just 3,343, while it stood at 1.32 lakh on Saturday, a near 40-fold increase. (PTI photo)

As West Bengal struggles to keep Covid-related deaths under control, the state is using phone calls to check on elderly coronavirus patients with co-morbidities who are in home quarantine.

At 1.86 per cent, West Bengal has the second highest Covid death rate in the country after Maharashtra’s 2.6 per cent while the national average hovers around 1.5 per cent.

A fortnight ago, the Health Department launched a round-the-clock call centre to ensure timely hospitalisation of elderly Covid-19 patients if they face any health complications. A Health Department official said the decision was taken after reports suggested that most Covid-related deaths were due to late admission to hospitals. “To resolve this, we are depending on phone monitoring. We work 24X7 and call those who are above 50 and have comorbidities. If anyone has complications, we send doctors or take necessary action.”

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