Defeating the virus: 98-year-old war veteran recovers successfully from COVID

Ramu Laxman Sakpal, who was a resident of Nerul in Navi Mumbai, was admitted to Naval Hospital Ship Asvini in a critical state and was diagnosed with COVID-induced pneumonia

Ramu Laxman Sakpal was given a warm farewell at INHS Asvini. Photo: ANI/Twitter

Ramu Laxman Sakpal, a 98-year-old war veteran and retired sepoy combatted COVID-19 and recovered from the disease, giving hope to people of all age groups.

Sakpal, who was a resident of Nerul in Navi Mumbai, was admitted to Naval Hospital Ship Asvini in a critical state and was diagnosed with pneumonia induced due to COVID-19 a few weeks ago. The Indian Navy said his condition was handled effectively, which led to his recovery.

Sakpal was given a warm farewell at INHS Asvini. The facility is the primary naval healthcare centre for COVID-19 and manages the care of serving and retired COVID-19 patients from the armed forces.

Sakpal is among India’s many elderly people who successfully managed to defeat the deadly contagion. Experts have said that the elderly population, especially those above 65 years of age, are more susceptible to contracting the virus.

Just last month, in a similar case, a 100-year-old woman, who was a resident of Huvina Hadagali town in Karnataka’s Bellary recovered from the virus infection.

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