Guwahati: Assam switched to the Delhi model of treating the asymptomatic Covid 19 patients as the state health department has started to provide free pulse oximeters and medicines for the patients in Guwahati city, who prefer to stay in home isolation.
The decision was taken after several asymptomatic patients in the city had opted for home isolation. Earlier, Kamrup (metro) district administration had canceled the permission for home isolation of at least 18 persons after they had flouted the Covid 19 protocols and stepped out of their residences in the pretext of buying medicines and oximeters.
State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We will provide patient preferring to stay in home isolation a pulse oximeter and first-line supportive medicine completely free in Guwahati city.”
Sarma informed that the health department has already activated telemedicine service for the Covid 19 patients through 104.
Sarma took the decision in the same line that of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had instituted a similar measure back in June. In July Kejriwal said not a single Covid 19 patient in home isolation had died that month.
The minister on Sunday said that the Covid-19 positivity rate has come down from 18 to 4.5 percent in Kamrup metro district. He said, “Positivity rate has come down from 18% to 4.5%. The number of positive cases per day is also slowing down. Need to maintain this trend for a few more weeks.”
A Twitterati Siddharth Setia replying on Sarma’s decision wrote: “The Assam government has also stepped up its plasma donation campaign, with Sarma following Kejriwal’s path in encouraging more recovered patients to come forward. It makes me feel proud that I voted for the @ArvindKejriwal govt who is not only leading from the front in this pandemic but showing the way to other states. This is why #indianeedsdelhimodel.”
Assam has recorded over 58837 Covid -19 cases so far, of which 145 have died and some 16364 were active cases.