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Govt favours home isolation for patients with mild symptoms

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Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22

As the Covid-19 cases continue to peak in Punjab, the state government is promoting home isolation for patients with mild symptoms, except for patients over 60 years of age, children and those having co-morbid conditions.

The state government is preparing for cases to peak in the coming two months, even as the state's tally of Covid cases today stood at 11,301. The government has also initiated the process of buying Remdesivir drug, which has the potential to bring down viral load in patients and expedite recovery in case of critical patients. All medical colleges and tertiary care centres have been asked to submit demand for this drug at the earliest so the state government could buy these, Dr Rajiv Bhaskar, state nodal officer for Covid-19, told The Tribune.

With the new positive cases now rising daily, Health Department staff and the local administration in each district has been asked to allow patients to be isolated at home after assessing their dwelling units to ensure that all quarantine protocols can be followed. As many as 756 patients (against a total of 3,391 active cases) are presently placed under home isolation, with maximum patients in Ludhiana.

The Clinical Management Manual issued by the Government of India has allowed home isolation for patients over 60 years of age as well as those with co-morbidities in case they develop mild infection (and are asymptomatic). As the state government readied its own manual based on the recommendations of an expert committee, Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan is learnt to have recommended that home isolation should be avoided for senior citizens and those with co-morbidities like hypertension, asthma, diabetes, coronary artery disease, severe hepatic, renal diseases and pregnant women and they be hospitalised for better monitoring.

The state presently has 7,000 hospital beds for mild and asymptomatic patients, 5,000 for patients showing moderate symptoms and those having co-morbidities in government-run healthcare facilities. Other than this, 1,000 beds are also available in private hospitals. "Presently, our occupancy rate is around 15 per cent. The state healthcare sector is completely geared up in case of any eventuality. At the same time, many patients having mild symptoms prefer home isolation and we are allowing it," said Dr Bhaskar.

from The Tribune

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