Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: With COVID-19 cases rising each passing day, Odisha government has allowed treatment of positive patients at private hospitals in the State.

As per the notification and advisory issued by the State Health and Family Welfare Department, the private hospitals willing to treat COVID patients have been directed to designate 10% isolation beds in this regard.

Odisha government, however, cautioned private hospitals not to collect exorbitant fees and warned of strict action in case of any violation.

Looking at the present scenario of positive case detection, Odisha will need more number of dedicated Covid Health Center and Covid Hospitals. It is observed that the private hospitals are treating non-Covid cases, but when they find such patients to be Covid-19 positive during the process of treatment, they immediately request the Government machinery to shift the case to a Covid facility. It eventually caused a large surge of patients in such Covid facilities.

Issuing a host of guidelines, the Health Department said the private hospitals should follow the patient discharge policy of the government and cannot detain someone over non-payment.

The institution shall develop a mechanism for collection of bill amount on a day to day basis so that a lump sum amount never remains pending, the notification said.

Disposal of bodies shall be done strictly as per the government guidelines, the notification read.

All asymptomatic or mild cases shall be sent to institutional quarantine or home isolation, or a paid COVID Care Centre run by the hospital, it said. Interested private hospitals shall designate a minimum of 10 per cent of all beds to be reserved for COVID treatment with an option to convert the entire hospital into a COVID hospital, it added.

There must be a separate fever clinic and facility for isolation of suspected cases. Only those patients who want to pay on their own or covered under their own insurance shall be treated in the hospital. No reimbursement or payment of any kind towards the treatment of such patients will be made by the government, the notification said.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

(With PTI inputs)

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