According to an official communiqué issued by the Health Department, the new guidelines for Covid protocol in health care facilities are as follows:
1. Strict enforcement of Covid appropriate behaviour in hospital with infection control measures.
2. Central registration is to be suspended for the time being and manual registration to be taken up with due social distancing measure in each OPD to avoid large gathering at Central Registration Counter.
3. Non-essential admission is to be avoided.
4. All elective surgeries are to be stopped and emergency surgeries need to be taken up with universal precautions.
5. In indoor one attendant is to be allowed for serious patient and no attendant to be allowed inside the ward for ambulatory patient.
6. In OPD the medical officer should avoid advising frequent re-visit of the patients if not required.
7. Media may not be allowed inside OPD & IPD. 8. Number of DDC counters should be increased and social distancing enforced.
9. Dedicated fever clinic, isolation ward & testing facilities are to be established as per previous guideline.
10. Must have facilities to deal with all types of emergency procedure including maternity and child care with Covid prevention protocol.
11. People are to be encouraged to utilise existing telemedicine services for their ailments.
12. CDM&PHOs/ The Director, Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar/ RGH, Rourkela / The Superintendents, all Medical College & Hospitals are to enforce above protocol in all health facilities (both Govt & Pvt).
13. To ensure that no emergency case is denied timely medical care in the name of Covid.
14. Ensure adequate signage / IEC material in strategic locations of the hospital to sensitise the patient & general public about Covid appropriate behaviour.
15. Any other steps are to be adopted by Hospital Administration depending on local situation to ensure social distancing & infection control in hospitals.
Odisha today reported as many as 1741 new Coronavirus positive cases, taking the total number of positive cases of the State to 3,51,302.
The State currently has 9,259 active cases.