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Punjab revises home isolation guidelines for mild, asymptomatic corona patients

Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu at the inauguration of RT-PCR testing machine at the District Hospital in SAS Nagar on May 28. 2021. Photo: DPR/Punjab

Chandigarh, May 28 (MNN) The Punjab government on Friday issued revised guidelines for home isolation of mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.

Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that as per the Health Ministry guidelines, patient under home isolation will stand cleared after at least 10 days counted from onset of symptoms (or from date of sampling for asymptomatic cases) and no fever for 3 days.

There is no need for testing once home isolation period is over.

The Minister said that elderly patients over 60 years and those with comorbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung/liver/kidney disease, cerebro-vascular disease etc shall only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer.

The decision to administer Remdesivir or any other investigational therapy must be taken by a medical professional and administered only in a hospital setting.

He urged people not to attempt to procure or administer Remdesivir at home.

Meanwhile, he said in the first eight days of ‘Mission Fateh 2.0’ initiative, 51.6 lakh households covering a population of 1.95 crore had been surveyed by ASHA workers.

People were coming forward for testing to get treatment in the early stage of COVID-19, and as many as 1,37,281 individuals have been tested for Covid-19 during the screening drive, of which 4,654 tested positive.

Corona Fateh kits have been provided to all 4,095 patients in home isolation whereas 559 patients have been referred to L2 or L3 healthcare facilities.

A total of 246 pregnant women were reported corona positive in rural areas of Punjab, whose daily monitoring was done from the state headquarters.

A special helpline number was launched on Friday for Covid positive pregnant women (0172-2744041, 2744040) that remains operational from 9 am to 5 pm seven days a week, he added.

On Friday, 3,724 positive cases were reported in Punjab and 6,797 more patients discharged even as 148 more corona deaths were reported.

Sidhu on Friday inaugurated a portable RT-PCR based COVID Fast Testing Machine at the District Hospital at SAS Nagar. This machine has donated by PATH, a US-based non-profit organisation.

The ‘ID Now’ machine will provide confirmatory results within six to 13 minutes and has a capacity to conduct 30 tests a day. He said that this will help test emergency and IPD samples.

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