Bhubaneswar: Scripting a story of hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 81-year old Sri Gopinath Dakua in Kandhamal district of Odisha has survived the virus and emerged triumphant after a 15 days ordeal.
Dakua, a native of Tala Indragada in Raikia Block of Kandhamal district, was initially undergoing treatment at Indragada Public Health Centre (PHC) after having influenza and Cough. Later, with his health conditions deteriorating and developing symptoms of Covid19, he was shifted to the nearby Temporary Medical Centre (PMC) at Kalinga Model Residential School (KMRS) at Raikia on 28th June 2020.
As he was showing symptoms of Covid-19, swap test was conducted and he was found Corona positive. Though his condition was stable, he was shifted to Covid Hospital at Phulbani on 04th July for his treatment.
His health condition improved gradually 8th July, 2020 onwards and finally he was discharged from Covid Hospital on 13th July. On being discharged, Sri Dakua expressed gratitude to the Hon’ble Chief Minister for extending free treatment to Covid patients like him in the state. He also expressed his gratitude to the district administration and to the staff of the Covid Care Hospital. “During my treatment at Covid Hospital, Doctors, Nurses and other staff attended sincerely and took good care of me. Good quality food was also provided in the Covid Hospital”, said Sri Dakua.
Sri Dakua is a bright example of hope and courage to many Corona affected persons. In spite of his old age and various ailments, he defied Corona virus which gives a positive message that all should be hopeful to combat the disease in future.