Bhubaneswar: Taking into consideration the recent resurgence in Covid cases in the state, Odisha Government has asked the authorities for strict enforcement of Covid appropriate behavior in hospital with infection control measures.
ACS Health & Family Welfare, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra has issued Protocol to be followed and has asked the authorities in hospitals to maintain social distancing to decongest the health facilities and also to see that health care personnel as well as non-covid patient do not get infected.
State Government has asked to suspend the central registration for the time being and manual registration to be taken up with due social distancing measure in each OPD to avoid large gathering at Central Registration Counter.
All non-essential admission is to be avoided and all elective surgeries are to be stopped and emergency surgeries need to be taken up with universal precautions.
In indoor one attendant is to be allowed for serious patient and no attendant to be allowed inside the ward for ambulatory patient.
In OPD the medical officer should avoid advising frequent re-visit of the patients if not required and Media may not be allowed inside OPD & IPD.
Number of DDC counters should be increased and social distancing enforced. And dedicated fever clinic, isolation ward and testing facilities are to be established as per previous guideline.
Hospitals must have facilities to deal with all types of emergency procedure including maternity and child care with Covid prevention protocol.
People are to be encouraged to utilize existing telemedicine services for their ailments.
CDM&PHOs, Director, Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar, RGH, Rourkela and the Superintendents, All Medical College & Hospitals both Government and Private are to enforce above protocol in all health facilities,
Health Care Institution authorities are to ensure that no emergency case is denied timely medical care in the name of Covid.
They will have to ensure adequate signage, IEC material in strategic locations of the hospital to sensitize the patient & general public about Covid appropriate behavior.
Any other steps are to be adopted by Hospital Administration depending on local situation to ensure social distancing & infection control in hospitals, pointed out ACS Health & FW.