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Nuh sarpanches claim deaths, Covid symptoms abound | India News


Covid numbers in Nuh, the neighboring Gurgaon district in southern Haryana, have started to decline, official data shows. But the disease in the villages is not, say the sarpanches.
Heads of several villages in the district said Covid-like symptoms had developed in dozens of residents, who had not been tested. They also claimed that several deaths had occurred after people reported fever and shortness of breath, reports Shubhra Pant.
So far, Nuh has officially reported 64 Covid deaths, 9 of them in April and 25 from May 1-16.
Ashraf, the outgoing sarpanch from Ghasera village, said that at least 10 people with Covid-like symptoms had died in the past week. “There has not been a single day in the last week that a villager has not died here,” he said, adding that in every other household there was someone afflicted with fever or respiratory distress.
If we stick to the data, Nuh has shown an encouraging trend. From 176 cases on May 6, the numbers dropped to just 29 on Sunday. The district has a positivity rate of 3.5%. But the sarpanches, all outgoing because their term has ended and panchayat surveys must be conducted in the state, allege that almost no testing has been conducted in many of the villages where the pandemic is stalking households. Many of the sick villagers have turned to local charlatans, who give them antibiotics and steroids to treat symptoms, according to local residents.
“Four people have died in my village in the last 10 days. Most had symptoms like fever and cough, ”said Gopi, Maroda’s outgoing sarpanch. “We had two people with symptoms and one of them died recently. Despite all this, no tests have been carried out here, ”said Juhrudeen, the outgoing sarpanch from Alipur Tigra.
Village chiefs also said that locals were reluctant to come forward and receive treatment in hospitals and health centers. For example, Irshad, a former sarpanch from Chharora in Tauru, has not been tested despite having a cough and fever for the past few days. When asked why, Irshad said: “I didn’t know I could get tested for free at a government facility.”
However, after testing, finding a hospital bed for those who need institutional care will be a great challenge. Nalhar’s medical college, which had been admitting patients from Gurgaon and other parts of NCR until about two weeks ago, is full.
Aftab Ahmed, the MLA of the Nuh Congress, said: “The situation is extremely worrying. We have written to the government several times, but there has not yet been any concrete action ”.
Nuh Deputy Commissioner Dhirendra Khadgata refuted allegations that little or no testing was taking place in the villages. “A survey is being carried out in all the villages and we have been collecting information on a daily basis,” he said. Khadgata claimed that the government had also been collecting samples from asymptomatic people to stop the spread of the infection as part of a screening exercise. By Saturday, he said, more than 700 homes in the district had been surveyed by health teams.
Some villagers have been trying to raise awareness among people to go to a health center and get tested. “The district administration has reached out to us and now we are trying to convince people to get tested if they show symptoms. We are hopeful that we can stop the spread of the infection in the villages, ”said Khatuni, the outgoing sarpanch from Roz Ka Meo.

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