Centre Asks States To Follow Guidelines For Effective Home Isolation To Curb COVID-19 Spread

The Centre has written to the States to follow the guidelines for effective Home Isolation. The Health Ministry had  issued revised guidelines regarding Home Isolation on the 10th of last month.

The Ministry said, as per the guidelines, very mild and pre-symptomatic COVID-19 patients can opt  for home isolation provided the patient has a room to himself or herself with toilet facility and has an adult attendant or caregiver.

Also, the patient shall agree to monitor his or her health and regularly inform the health status to the District Surveillance Officer for further follow up by the surveillance teams.

The Ministry said, an important clause of the revised guidelines is that the treating doctor is satisfied with the patient opting for home isolation based on medical assessment and assessment of his or her residential accommodation.

In addition, the patient will fill in an undertaking on self-isolation and shall follow home quarantine guidelines. The Ministry said that all such cases of home isolation will also be further monitored by teams of well-oriented doctors on a regular basis, their discharge should follow the required guidelines and shall be reported as per norms.

The Ministry some instances have been noticed wherein home isolation is allowed in a routine manner in certain States, and clauses of the revised guidelines are not being followed in letter and spirit.

It urged the States to ensure strict implementation of the Guidelines on Home Isolation at the field level to effectively curb spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

‘People opting for home isolation helped fight against COVID-19’

The fight against COVID-19 outbreak in the city has been bolstered with nearly 8,480 patients having mild symptoms opting for home isolation, the Delhi government said on Friday, reported the Hindu.

A large number of people opting for home isolation has reduced the strain on hospital infrastructure, a Delhi government spokesperson said, adding: “If everyone opts for hospital beds, then the strain on the healthcare system will be more.” Instead, hospital resources are currently focused on severe patients, which brings down the number of deaths in the city, said officials.

Delhi: Close to 6,000 patients recovered under home isolation management system

In around 40 days, 5,748 mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 patients have fully recovered while staying put in their home under Delhi Government’s home isolation measure to contain the coronavirus, reported The Times Of India. The home isolation system has a built-in escalation procedure for patients who require critical care. It was launched by Delhi government on May 8.

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