Odisha Allows Home Isolation Of Asymptomatic COVID19 Patients In Rural Areas
Bhubaneswar: Modifying its previous order, Odisha government on Thursday allowed home isolation of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients in rural areas of the State as well.
As per the new order from the office of the Special Relief Commissioner, home isolation in the rural areas can be allowed provided the patient opts for it and meets all the home isolation norms.
Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Pradipta Mohapatra, in a press briefing, informed today that around 70% patients are asymptomatic and can be cured of the disease while remaining in home isolation and will not need hospital admission.
Earlier, to ease the burden on existing health care infrastructure, especially in dedicated COVID Care Centres and COVID hospitals, the State government had allowed home isolation of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients in urban areas. Home isolation was allowed in 114 urban local bodies, district headquarters, sub-divisional towns and block headquarters in the first phase with certain conditions.
However, persons, who are HIV positive, diagnosed with cancer, those who have undergone kidney transplant, elderly persons with other co-morbidities like hypertension, diabetes, heart, lung, liver and kidney diseases will not be allowed home isolation.
(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)