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COVID-19 Outbreak: Breastmilk, Hygiene Help Three-Month-Old Baby Recover In UP’s Gorakhpur Without Any Medications

According to hospital administration, a 3-month-old boy, who had tested positive for coronavirus overcame the disease through boosting self-immunity via his mother’s milk only

COVID-19 Outbreak: Breastmilk, Hygiene Help Three-Month-Old Baby Recover In UP's Gorakhpur Without Any Medications
Highlights
  • A three-month-old baby boy has recovered from COVID-19 in UP
  • Doctors boosted the baby's immunity by feeding him only breastmilk
  • The baby recovered completely in 14 days

New Delhi: A three-month-old baby boy has recently recovered from COVID-19 and has been discharged from Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh (UP). The baby was brought to the hospital on April 12 and was discharged on Sunday (April 26). According to Dr Ganesh Kumar, Principal, BRD Medical College, the baby who is from the district Basti, got recovered with the help of a dedicated team of hospital staff and the hardwork of his mother without using medicines.

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Giving the details about the case, Dr. Kumar said that the baby got the infection from a relative, a 25-year-old-man, who had travelled from Mumbai last month was tested positive and later succumbed to the disease in early April. When the contacts of this man were traced and tested for SARS-CoV-2, the baby, his two maternal aunts were found to be positive while the rest of the family was found negative. The aunts are receiving treatment at a government hospital in Basti but the baby was taken to Gorakhpur.

Dr. Kumar said that when the baby arrived at BRD Hospital from Basti, he and his mother were tested twice for COVID-19 as a protocol. The result indicated that the mother was safe but the baby was confirmed positive. The baby had no serious complications when he arrived except for some fever, he said. Explaining about the approach that was taken during the treatment of the baby, Dr. Kumar said,

The baby had a fever for which we initially gave a paracetamol medicine and decided to boost baby’s self-immunity by feeding only breastmilk to him while giving utmost attention to hygiene and sanitation for both mother and baby. The infant recovered without any medication due to self-immunity.

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He further said that the baby and the mother were put in the same ward so that they do not feel any psychological pain of being away from each other. Therefore the major challenge for the doctors was not only to cure the baby but also to make sure that the infection does not get transmitted to the mother. Dr. Kumar asserted,

The mother was taking care of the baby in an isolation ward and she followed instructions like wearing masks and gloves while breastfeeding the baby and cleaning him. A dedicated team of nurses and cleaning staff was deployed for them as their role was much more than that of a doctor, considering the approach that we were taking. But we had made sure that one doctor examines the baby daily.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the nursing mother should follow the following tips while feeding their babies:

– Practice respiratory hygiene, including during feeding
– Use a medical mask when near your child
– Wash hands thoroughly with soap or sanitizer before and after contact with your child
– Routinely clean and disinfect any surfaces you touch

After 14 days, the tests conducted on both the mother and the baby on April 25 and April 26 respectively came negative. The mother has been advised to undertake certain precautions back at home, Dr. Kumar said.

According to Dr. Kumar BRD Hospital, which is currently treating one elderly COVID-19 patient, is the only COVID-19 hospital in the district. It has 200 beds reserved from COVID-19 patients out of the total bed of over 500. The hospital has 40 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds, has 20 ventilators and more than 160 healthcare staff including doctors, nurses, ward boys and cleaning staff.

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While talking about the need of referring the baby to BRD hospital, Gorakhpur instead of treating the baby in Basti itself Chief Medical Officer of Basti District, Dr. Jawahar Lal Maurya Kushwala said,

There are guidelines that children below the age of 5 and senior citizens above the age of 60 can be treated at a high-level hospital that has advanced facilities and specialised staff. That is why the baby was sent to the nearby district Gorakhpur.

Currently, in Basti, there are nine COVID-19 patients and 14 have recovered. There are two government hospitals that are treating COVID-19 patients in Basti, said Dr. Kushwala. DH Opec Hospital Kaily, a medical college has 162 beds and two ventilators and CHC Munderwa Hospital- a Community Healthcare Centre has 30 beds and no ventilator available. There are currently 281 shelter homes in Basti in which more than 19,600 people have been quarantined.

COVID-19 Outbreak In Uttar Pradesh

The total number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday was 2,766 with 121 fresh cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the state stands at 50, while 802 patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals. The count of active cases in the state is 1,914. Five worst-hit districts with a maximum number of cases are Agra with 533 cases, Kanpur with 213 cases, Lucknow with 213 cases, Saharanpur with 190 cases and Gautam Budhha Nagar with 141 cases. The state has 198 COVID-19 hospitals including 135 government and 63 private hospitals.

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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