Jharkhand government makes institutional isolation a must for Covid-19 patients. According to the new guidelines issued, the patients who want to stay at home will have to take special permission from District Administrator. The decision was taken to have a better control over the pandemic as the cases all over the state have been showing a decreasing trend in the last few weeks.
So far, people having mild symptoms or no symptoms were free to stay in home quarantine and get themselves treated by private doctors. They were also being provided home isolation kits as per requirement. Regular monitoring of their health condition is being done by expert doctors. They are hospitalised only if their condition worsens.
“As per the new directive, all corona patients would be kept at district covid care centres only. This has been done to check the spread of virus besides providing better treatment to patients who get infected with Covid-19,” said Nodal Officer for Health Department IEC wing, Siddharth Tripathi. “In special circumstances, if anyone has to stay in home isolation, he will have to take permission from the Deputy Commissioner of that particular district,” he added.
In addition, Chief Secretary (Health) Arun Singh sent a letter on the new guidelines to all Deputy Commissioners and directed them to ensure that everyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 is kept in institutional isolation. Even intensive contact tracing of those found positive for Covid-19 will be done so that people coming in contact with them could undergo testing within 24 hours.