Jagarnath remains critical, on 100% oxygen support | Ranchi News


Ranchi: State education minister Jagarnath Mahto remained critical on Sunday with non-invasive ventilator support supplying his 100% oxygen needs after he tested positive for Covid-19 last month.
Doctors treating him at the Medical hospital here said the 53-year-old minister, who is also the JMM legislator from Dumri, showed signs of marginal improvement.
Talking to TOI, medical director and critical care head of Medica hospital, Dr Vijay Mishra said, “Mahato was brought to our hospital on October 1 with 100% requirement of oxygen. For the first time since his admission here, Mahto has shown a slight improvement. Currently, we are maintaining his oxygen levels through the non-invasive ventilator.”
Mahato has a history of cardiac ailments and underwent an angioplasty in 2018. He has been experiencing breathlessness since Monday after he tested positive on September 28 and taken to Rims for treatment. From Rims, he was referred to Bhagwan Mahavir Medica Superspecialty Hospital and has been suffering from severe Covid pneumonia leading to lung infections.
“He has had a cardiac history but his heart is functioning well and we have conducted tests like electrocardiogram, Troponin T, echocardiogram to check the condition and there are no signs of contraction of any heart muscles,” Dr Mishra said.
He further said doctors are also conducting his pathological tests daily to ensure that he is not suffering from other complications as per ICMR protocols.
On the condition of his lungs, Dr Mishra said, “We have not been able to conduct a high-resolution CT scan yet as moving him from the isolated room is not advisable. However, we are conducting X-rays on a daily basis and found that around 50% of his lungs have been infected.”
Asked whether Mahto will be shifted to a better medical facility, Dr Mishra said their hospital can provide all needs required by the minister but his family members had discussed the matter with them. “The matter of shifting him has been put on hold as it is not safe to move a severely ill patient,” Dr Mishra added.

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