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Time to promote home isolation for asymptomatic patients: Dr Jampa

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, JUL 31:

State Surveillance Officer-Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Dr L Jampa, on Friday said that time has come to promote home isolation for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in the state, following the steps of other worst-affected states in the country like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam including the national capital, Delhi.

COVID-19 is not going to go away soon. It is not possible to shift all the patients to the COVID Care Centers (CCCs). People are also hesitating to be treated at the CCCs. Therefore, a narrative is building up to permit home isolation for those asymptomatic patients who wish to do so in the state , Dr Jampa said in a press briefing via video conference.

He said the state health department has submitted a two-page document proposal to the State Cabinet on home isolation of the asymptomatic patients.

The Cabinet is expected to meet on Saturday to review the COVID-19 situation in the state. We hope our proposals will be approved by the cabinet , the senior health official said.

Dr Jampa, who is also the state epidemiologist, informed that allowing home isolation for the asymptomatic patients involves several protocols including physical verification of the isolation facilities by the health department team, consent of the neighborhood/society and regular monitoring of the patient s temperature, oxygen level etc.

Hinting at ongoing lockdown in the Itanagar capital region (ICR) being lifted, Dr Jampa said that the State Cabinet at its sitting on Saturday would be taking a final decision in this regard.

The chief purpose of imposing lockdown in the state capital was to carry out contact tracings extensively to break the chain of transmission, which to some extent has been achieved. Extending lockdown further would only increase people s difficulties. We cannot have too many lockdowns , he said adding that complete lifting of restrictions is also not possible.

Informing that total 77,630 samples, including 34,621 in Capital Complex were collected for tests till Thursday, Dr Jampa claimed that Arunachal s testing rate is the highest among the Northeast states. He said, with 150 patients recovering on Thursday, the overall recovery cases has overtaken the active cases in the state. The recovery rate in our state is around 58 percent which is still lower compared to the national average of 77 percent, he added.

The senior health official further informed that with works being disrupted for few days due to rain, the health department has failed to meet the July 31 deadline of functionalizing the dedicated COVID Hospital at Midpu. The 35-bedded hospital will be ready within two days after remaining works including sanitization of the area is completed, he assured.

Giving an update on the ongoing works at turning the MLA apartments, Chimpu, into a makeshift COVID Hospital, Dr Jampa said the facility would be able to take in patients in few weeks time. Once it gets functional, the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science (TIHMS), Naharlagun, which was converted into the dedicated COVID Hospital in March, will be relieved to cater to other medical services to the public, he added.

 

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