Home isolation for Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms a way ahead: DAK

Srinagar

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Thursday welcomed the ICMR guidelines wherein they have changed the admission policy for Covid-19 cases and have allowed home isolation for mild and pre-symptomatic cases.

President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said as per the global evidence 80 percent of COVID cases are mild and can be easily observed and managed at home.

“We have also observed that in Jammu and Kashmir where Covid-19 positive cases have reached to  591, around 90 per cent among them are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms,” he said.

Dr Naik said that in J&K, the majority of people have their own homes and that is a great advantage to tackle the crisis imposed following the pandemic.

General Secretary DAK Dr Owais H Dar while appreciating guidelines said that such measures are very important to prevent overburdening or crumbling of health infrastructure while dealing with such dreaded pandemic.

“Such measures will allow us to sustain and deliver non Covid services like maternity and child care, immunization, emergency operations, cardiac and neurological emergencies smoothly,” Dar said.

He said while following these guidelines responsibility is on community and they should follow all the protocols in letter and spirit.

The doctor’s body said that family and patient should regularly inform about health status to the district surveillance officer for further follow-up.

DAK requested administration that while adopting these guidelines it is very imperative to educate people about home care and other measures taken by the rest of family members.

“Further a strong team of field staff should be created at all block levels under the leadership of medical officers to look after these home isolated patients,” it said

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