Gujarat may soon became the first state in India to facilitate research into the pathology and disease progression of COVID-19 patients. The state’s highpowered research committee led by Deputy CM Nitin Patel has commissioned senior doctors to form protocol standard operating procedures (SOPs) and precautionary measures as well as send a list of infrastructural facilities required to begin clinical or pathological autopsies of deceased Covid-19 patients.
Senior doctors of B J Medical College in Ahmedabad have been tasked with setting up of guidelines for such autopsies in Gujarat. Dr Hansa Goswami, HoD of Pathology at B J Medical College in interview to Ahmedabad Mirror said, We have been asked to prepare SOPs and be ready to carry out autopsies of Covid-19 patients which have not been carried out in Gujarat so far. We are preparing the guidelines now.”
The first week of May has been the deadliest so far for Gujarat with half of all Covid-19 deaths in state being reported from May 1 to 7. Of the 425 deaths reported till May 7, 211 deaths took place in one week. For the unversed, Gujarat has been reporting the second-highest Covid-19 related deaths in the country after Maharashtra.Maharashtra has reported 23,401 cases and 868 deaths while Gujarat 8,904 cases and 537 deaths.