Guwahati: COVID positive report not mandatory to get hospitalized; Govt revises policy – The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday revised the national policy for admission of COVID patients to various categories of Covid facilities,
According to the revised policy, requirement of a positive test for COVID-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to a Covid health facility. A suspect case must be admitted to the suspect ward of COVID Care Centre, Dedicated Covid Health Centre or Dedicated Covid Hospital as the case may be.
The revised guidelines came after several citizens across the country had complained that patients arriving at hospitals were being turned away if there is no positive test report.
In a significant directive to states all states and UTs, hospitals under the Central government, state governments and Union Territory administration, including private hospitals managing Covid patients, must ensure the following.
No patients will be refused services on any account. This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city.
No patient will also 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.
*Admissions to hospital must be based on need. It should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalization.
“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,” it added.
Moreover, the health ministry also mentioned the guidance document for setting up three-tier health infrastructure for appropriate management of suspect/confirmed COVID-19 cases. It highlighted setting up COVID Care Centres, Dedicated COVID Care Centre, and Dedicated COVID Hospitals.