Mild cases not up for self-iso­la­tion at home

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - CHANDIGARH - Aman­jeet Singh Salyal aman­jeet.singh@htlive.com

CHANDI­GARH: The Chandi­garh ad­min­is­tra­tion rules based on Union health min­istry guide­lines al­low­ing Covid-19 pos­i­tive pa­tients to self-iso­late at home has no tak­ers, health of­fi­cials have said.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s guide­lines, pa­tients with mild or pre-symp­to­matic cases with ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties at home can self­iso­late there whereas ear­lier rules rec­om­mended hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion for mild, mod­er­ate and se­vere cases at ded­i­cated Covid-19 cen­tres.

The lack of re­sponse, how­ever, is not sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing that the max­i­mum num­ber of cases are be­ing re­ported from the con­gested Bapu Dham Colony where home iso­la­tion of pa­tients is al­most im­pos­si­ble, even though UT author­i­ties had iden­ti­fied a few pa­tients from other ar­eas that could do so.

UT health sec­re­tary Arun Ku­mar Gupta said on Thurs­day that around five can­di­dates seemed el­i­gi­ble for the new guide­lines, “but they have not shown any in­ter­est.”

The conditions for iso­la­tion of pa­tients in­clude mon­i­tor­ing their health and keep­ing the district sur­veil­lance of­fi­cer up­dated on their health sta­tus for fur­ther fol­low-up by the sur­veil­lance teams.

Pa­tients also have to ful­fill an un­der­tak­ing for self-iso­la­tion.

The PGIMER has more than 100 Covid-19 pa­tients and their num­bers are in­creas­ing quickly, though 80% have mild symp­toms.

The UT ad­min­is­tra­tion has in the mean­time de­cided to ac­ti­vate two of its Covid care cen­tres: One for high risk con­tacts from Bapu Dham Colony un­der in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine at the Sec­tor 47 Com­mu­nity Cen­tre fa­cil­ity and the other for new mild or asymp­to­matic cases at the Ayurvedic Col­lege in Sec­tor 46.

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