Housing societies can set up Covid-19 care facility, suggests Health Ministry

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on July 18, 2020

Housing societies can set up small Covid-19 care facilities within their premises to help reduce burden on existing centres for managing suspect, pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic or very mild Covid cases.

The guidelines come as India confirms over 10.38 lakh Covid cases of which 6.53 lakh have recovered, while 26,273 persons have died.

Housing societies or Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) can establish a community based isolation facility, with their own resources, guidelines meted out by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

MoHFW has said that this will be a makeshift facility in a community hall, centre, or a common utility area or empty flats which are isolated location-wise from the rest of the occupied buildings. It shall have separate entry and exit and will have a sanitiser dispenser and thermal screening provision for caregivers. The beds shall be placed at least three feet from one another. There should be separate partitioned areas to keep suspects and confirmed cases. Also there should be a separate area to be created for staff to change their personal protective equipment.

A doctor residing within the gated complex or provided by the NGO shall be identified to provide care to the patients. Patients admitted in the facility will be monitored for respiratory rate, pulse rate, oxygen saturation and temperature.

Support for assessing the patient, sample collection, packaging and transportation will be provided by the local rapid response team.

The facility will be linked to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme team and an ambulance provider.

Ministry has stated that this facility is not meant for elderly patients, children below ten, pregnant or lactating mothers, patients with co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer or other immunocompromised conditions, who shall be admitted to an appropriate Covid care health facility.


Published on July 18, 2020

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