COVID positive report not mandatory for hospitalisation: Health Ministry
The Health Ministry on Saturday revised the national policy for admission of COVID patients to various categories of COVID facilities.
According to AIR news, the requirement of a positive test for the COVID-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to a COVID health facility.
"This patient-centric measure aims to ensure a prompt, effective and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from COVID19," a notification issued to all States and UTs read.
According to the revised policy, no patient will be refused services on any count - this includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city.
Admissions to the hospital must be based on need. Furthermore, the discharge should be strictly in accordance with the revised discharge policy.
The Health Ministry had earlier announced a policy of setting up three-tier health infrastructure for appropriate management of suspect or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The guidance document envisages setting up of COVID Care Centre, Dedicated COVID Health Centre and Dedicated COVID Hospital.
COVID Care Centre shall offer care for mild cases, dedicated COVID Health Centre shall offer care for all cases that have been clinically assigned as moderate and dedicated COVID Hospital shall offer comprehensive care primarily for those who have been clinically assigned as severe.
These hospitals should either be a full hospital or a separate block in a hospital with preferably separate entry and exit.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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