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People opting self-medication have turn out to be Covid carriers – Home Health Choices

Nagapattinam: Despite repeated appeals made by the district administration and the well being division to keep away from self-medication, folks with gentle signs opting to take drugs on their very own, can be one of many causes for the current spike in Covid-19 constructive instances in Nagapattinam district, officers stated.

Contamination of apparatus at labs the place Covid-19 exams are performed may additionally be the rationale for the rise within the instances, officers added. Health officers have deliberate to conduct a high quality test on the labs to keep away from defective outcomes.

The whole variety of constructive instances recorded within the district on Monday was 2,687, whereas it was simply 772 on August 1. Within 30 days the variety of constructive instances has gone up by 300%.

“Although health officials have been telling people to avoid self-medication, mild symptomatic patients are delaying tests by taking medicine on their own. At one point they are forced to approach the hospital. In the meantime, they spread the virus to as many people as possible,” district epidemiologist Dr Liyakath Ali stated.

“Contaminated testing equipment is also one of the reasons for the increase in the number of positive cases. Over a period of time, the testing kits start showing more positive results due to fault in the equipment. We have decided to conduct a quality check in the testing labs in the districts. Once it would be rectified, there is no possibility of getting faulty results,” he added.

“The number of positive cases on July 30 was 685, before two public hearing meetings were conducted in Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai in connection with the creation of a new district. Only after the meeting, there was a spike,” officers stated.

“This apart, the general public have lost fear of the virus. Nobody cares about social distancing, personal hygiene and wearing masks. People have the responsibility to contain the virus by adhering to the norms,” a well being official lamented.

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