Many patients tried to fix fractures at home during lockdown, say KIMS doctors | Hubballi News

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Hubballi: Those who sustained injuries and fractures during the lockdown and, owing to lack of means to visit hospitals to seek treatment, opted to fix the wounds themselves, have been rushing to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hubballi, and other hospitals, following complications that have arisen as a result of incorrectly performed medical procedures.
Head of the department of orthopaedics at KIMS Dr Suryakant K said that the hospital had registered a surge in the number of patients in the past few months seeking treatment for complications resulting from lack of proper treatment. “Many people who sustained fractures were unable to visit hospitals owing to lack of transportation during the lockdown. Many of them have developed severe problems that are bound to arise given the delay in receiving proper medical attention,” Dr Suryakant said.
Of the 425 patients treated for fracture at KIMS in the past six months, 120 had come to the hospital much later after their injury, he said. “Of the patients, whose fractures we fixed, 25 tested positive for the novel coronavirus,” Dr Suryakant added.
KIMS director Dr Ramalingappa Antartani said that the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Dharwad district had been on a steady decline since the second week of September. “We are testing more than 1,000 people using RT-PCR method every day, and fewer than 10% of them are testing positive,” he said.
The KIMS director said that there were, in all, 300 patients with both sever acute respiratory infection (SARI) and Covid-19 currently being treated at the hospital. “Prior to the second week of September, this number hovered around 450,” he said.

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