Centre issues directives for admission of Covid-19 patients in hospitals

NEW DELHI: The Ministry for health, on Saturday revised the national policy for admission of Covid-19 patients to Covid care facilities stating that no patients should be turned away from admission.

As per the government directive to all States and UTs, hospitals under the Central government, State Governments and Union Territory administration including private hospitals, managing Covid-19 patients shall ensure the following.

Requirement of a positive test for Covid-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to a Covid health facility. A suspect case shall be admitted to the suspect ward of CCC, DCHC or DHC as the case may be.

No patient will be refused services on any count. This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city.

No patient shall be refused admission on the ground that he/she is not able to produce a valid identity card that does not belong to the city where the hospital is located.

Admissions to hospital must be based on need. It should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalization. Further, the discharge should be strictly in accordance with the revised discharge policy.