Don't admit any patient for isolation, Chandigarh hospitals told

Directed to reserve beds for sick Covid patients only

Don't admit any patient for isolation, Chandigarh hospitals told

People without the mandatory mask at Shastri Market in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 15

As Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the city, the UT Administration has issued directions to hospitals not to admit any patient for the purpose of isolation and beds should be reserved for sick patients only.

UT Health Secretary Yashpal Garg said: “A decision regarding the admission of a Covid patient to a health facility needs to be taken purely on medical reasons by the doctor concerned. Any Covid patient should not be admitted to the hospital facility for the purpose of isolation.”

As per the SOP, all asymptomatic Covid patients will be allowed to stay in home quarantine as the first option. In case isolation facility (separate ventilated washroom) is not available at the home of the asymptomatic Covid patient, the patient will be admitted to an institutional quarantine facility.

Only those Covid patients will be admitted to the hospital where the doctor concerned has advised for medical reasons such as need for constant medical care with or without oxygen/ventilator support.

The decision was taken at a review meeting of senior officers of the UT Administration, GMCH-32, Directorate of Health Services and the PGI.

Control room set up

A 24X7 control room has been set up at the GMSH-16. A helpline number - 1075 - has also been released for Covid-related issues. City residents can call on the helpline number anytime regarding vaccination, medical oxygen, home isolation and ambulance.

The protocol suggests that the rapid response team will immediately make audio or video calls before sending a team there. However, in case of an emergency, the team has been asked to rush without losing any time.

“Considering that 98 per cent of the Covid patients are in home isolation, rapid response teams will make calls to all infected persons and a minimum of 10 per cent of these should be video calls to instil more confidence in patients,” said Garg.

Rates to be displayed in hospitals

The Director of Health Services has been asked to ensure that the maximum charges fixed by the UT Administration are displayed by private hospitals and laboratories on their premises.

1,795 more found infected in city

Chandigarh: The city on Saturday recorded 1,795 fresh Covid-19 cases. The UT positivity rate stands at 26.71 per cent. The city has recorded 12,170 cases from January 1 to January 15. A total of 327 Covid oxygen beds are occupied in government and private hospitals in the city, while 30 patients are on ventilator. There are 8,511 active cases in the UT. The fatality count stands at 1,086. As many as 541 patients recovered from the virus.

5 in family, office of former MP positive

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Highest-ever 1,497 cases in Mohali

Mohali: One more person succumbed to Covid-19 during the past 24 hours. The 71-year-old man, a resident of Phase 9, Mohali, was admitted to a private hospital. He was suffering from diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cerebral vascular accident or a brain attack. Meanwhile, the district on Saturday witnessed the highest-ever single-day spike of 1,497 fresh Covid cases since the onset of the pandemic. TNS

Panchkula district logs 510 fresh cases

Panchkula: The district logged 510 fresh Covid cases on Saturday, taking the active caseload to 2,865. The positivity rate stood at 22.23 per cent. However, there has been a drop in the daily Covid numbers after the district reported its highest-ever single-day spike of 734 on Wednesday. The district recorded 701 Covid cases the following day. It further came down to 441 on Friday before witnessing a spike on Saturday. TNS

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