New Delhi: At a time when India has been hit by a huge second coronavirus wave, the demand for medical oxygen and other critical resources needed for the effective treatment of covid-19 patients has increased manifold.
In an attempt to ensure a prompt, effective and comprehensive treatment, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday revised the national policy for admission of Covid patients to various categories of Covid facilities. It has said in its revised guidelines that a coronavirus test report is no longer needed to get hospitalized. Additionally, no patient will be refused services on any count. This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city.
These measures come as a huge relief amid a rampant surge in coronavirus cases as several citizens across the country had complained that patients arriving at hospitals were being turned away if there is no positive test report.
The official statement stated that as per the Union Government directive to all States and UTs, hospitals under the Central government, State Governments and Union Territory administration including private hospitals (in States and Union Territories) managing COVID Patients shall ensure the following:
1. The requirement of a positive test for the COVID-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to a COVID health facility. A suspect case shall be admitted to the suspect ward of CCC, DCHC or DHC as the case may be.
2. No patient will be refused services on any count. This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city.
3. No patient shall be refused admission on the ground that he/she is not able to produce a valid identity card that does not belong to the city where the hospital is located.
4. Admissions to the hospital must be based on need. It should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalization. Further, the discharge should be strictly by the revised discharge policy available at Mohfw Website
5. COVID Care Center (CCC) shall offer care for mild cases. These have been set up in hostels, hotels, schools, stadiums, lodges etc., both public and private. Functional hospitals like CHCs, etc. which may be handling regular, non-COVID cases may also be designated as COVID Care Centres as a last resort.
6. Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC) shall offer care for all cases that have been clinically assigned as moderate. These should either be a full hospital or a separate block in a hospital with preferably separate entry/exit/zoning. Private hospitals may also be designated as COVID Dedicated Health Centres. These hospitals would have beds with assured Oxygen support.
7. Dedicated COVID Hospital (DCH) shall offer comprehensive care primarily for those who have been clinically assigned as severe. These hospitals should either be a full hospital or a separate block in a hospital with preferably separate entry/exit. Private hospitals may also be designated as COVID Dedicated Hospitals. These hospitals would have fully equipped ICUs, Ventilators and beds with assured Oxygen support. By Livemint
Union Health 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.