Positive Test For COVID-19 Not Mandatory For Admission To COVID Health Facility
New Delhi: Union Health Ministry has revised national policy for admission of COVID-19 patients to COVID facilities. From now onwards, the requirement of a positive test report is not mandatory for admission of the patient, the Union Health Ministry said.
The health ministry, in a statement, also reiterated that admission to the patient should not be refused at any count even if the patient belongs to a different city and adequate medical arrangements, such as oxygen or essential drugs, should be administered to the patient.
The health ministry said that a suspect case of Covid-19 should be kept in the suspect ward of the Covid-19 Care Center (CCC), Dedicated Covid-19 Health Centre (DCHC) or Dedicated Covid-19 Hospital (DCH). It also asked hospitals to not demand valid identity card that does not belong to the city where the hospital is located for admitting the patient.
“Admissions to hospital must be based on need. It should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalization,” the statement said. The statement said that these new rules are applicable to all government as well as private hospitals.
“This patient-centric measure aims to ensure prompt, effective and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from Covid-19,” the statement said.
The Ministry has advised the Chief Secretaries of States/Union territories to issue necessary orders and circulars, incorporating the above directions within three days, which shall be enforced till replaced by an appropriate uniform policy.
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