Ahmedabad | Jagran News Desk: With an alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state, a medical team from AIIMS, including its Director Dr Randeep Guleria, was rushed to Ahmedabad on Friday to take a stock of the situation. 

Following the Centre's order, Dr Guleria and Dr Manish Soneja from the AIIMS department of medicine left for Ahmedabad on a special Indian Air Force flight. 

"They will visit the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital and SVP hospital on Saturday to provide expert guidance and advice to the doctors on treatment for coronavirus-infected patients there," news agency PTI quoted a source as saying.

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After reaching Ahmedabad, Dr Guleria interacted with the frontline staff in the city who were attending to COVID-19 patients and offered them guidance.

"A stigma is still attached to COVID-19. Many people fear to come to hospital and get a test done. An issue that this causes is that if a person is positive and there is delay in his admission to a hospital, then it increases mortality," Dr Guleria said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

"Elderly people or those with comorbidities are at higher risk of getting severe infection of COVID-19. If you have elderly people at home you need to be extra cautious.Get health checkup done immediately after observing mild symptoms," he added.

Principal secretary (health) Jayanti Ravi also interacted with frontline medical staff at the hospital, which has the highest number COVID-19 patients in the city. 

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There has been an alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat. In the last 24 hours, Gujarat has reported 390 new COVID-19 cases while 24 people succumbed to deadly virus in the same period. With this, the dreadful coronavirus has affected a total over 7,400 people and claimed the lives more than 440 in the state. 

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data, more than 1,870 people have also been cured from the infection and discharged from hospitals.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to arrange for the visit from experts who could guide doctors involved in treating coronavirus patients.

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The state government has also roped in private intensive care experts in the state to guide the civil hospital staff about ways to bring down the mortality rate.

(With PTI and ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma