Home isolation restrictions eased - ECAS Punjab

Home isolation restrictions eased

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2

Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu today appealed to the people of the state to come forward and get themselves tested for Covid-19. He said the government had relaxed the norms for home isolation. Patients who have been clinically assigned as very mild/ pre-symptomatic/ asymptomatic cases by the treating medical officer could opt for home isolation. However, the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and also for quarantine of family contacts must be available, he maintained.

Elderly patients, aged more than 60 years, and those with comorbidity, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung/ liver/ kidney disease, cerebro-vascular disease etc, shall be allowed home isolation only after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer, he said.

The minister said the patient needed to give an undertaking that there was adequate facility available for home isolation, like a separate room and toilet. The patient must procure a kit containing pulse oximeter, thermometer, Tab vitamin-C and Tab Zinc. A caregiver should be available 24 x7. A communication link between the caregiver and the hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation. COVA App should be downloaded on mobile and it should remain active at all times. The patient would have to monitor his/her health and check oxygen saturation thrice a day.



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