COVID-19 DEATHS HIGHER AMONG MEN IN OMAN

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - SA­MUEL KUTTY @SAMKUTTYVP

COVID-19 deaths among men is higher than women in the Sul­tanate.

“The per­cent­age of death among men is higher than women and that the dis­ease dam­ages lot of or­gans in the body”, said Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed al Saeedi, Min­is­ter of Health, while ad­dress­ing the me­dia dur­ing the weekend brief­ing on COVID-19 sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try.

Even as the COVID-19 mor­tal­ity rate is still at one per cent out of the to­tal in­fected cases, the min­is­ter said: “Any such death rep­re­sents a dis­as­ter and great pain that could be lim­ited if we fol­low proper pre­ven­tive mea­sures.”

Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, the mor­tal­ity rate in In­ten­sive Care Units (ICUS) ranged be­tween 75 per cent and 85 per cent and it reached 83 per cent in the sec­ond week of this month.

While be­moan­ing the death of a 30-year-old man who had been in the ICU for five weeks, Dr Al Saeedi said: “Deaths have no pri­or­ity. They are not lim­ited to el­derly or peo­ple with chronic dis­eases, as is ev­i­dent from the cases of young peo­ple in their 20s or 30s who lost their lives”.

The min­is­ter asked ev­ery in­di­vid­ual to un­der­stand that the novel coro­n­avirus spreads fast, with im­mi­nent risk loom­ing from a third wave of in­fec­tion, which al­ready be­gan in many coun­tries, in ad­di­tion to the re­gion.

“The more we co­op­er­ate and rally ef­forts as a govern­ment, ci­ti­zens and res­i­dents, the more we could cut down the num­ber of in­fec­tion cases and ease pres­sure on health es­tab­lish­ments,” said Dr Al Saeedi.

While reaf­firm­ing that there wouldn’t be any com­pro­mise with the health of peo­ple, the min­is­ter made a fer­vent ap­peal to the peo­ple to ad­here to pre­ven­tive mea­sures.

“How much can we wait un­til we do the right things of wear­ing masks or keep­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing”, he asked, re­mind­ing that “it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual to take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures and ab­stain from gath­er­ings”.

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