Health workers fear congestion in hospitals by following SOP

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/17/2020 1:06:04 PM IST

As the process of discharging recovered COVID-19 patients under the standard operating procedures (SOP) takes about a week, health workers at COVID hospitals fear that this could congest the hospitals, especially if the number of positive cases increased in the coming days. One health worker explained to Nagaland Post that to release a recovered patient, district hospitals have to send necessary documents for approval to the deputy commissioner (DC), who then send these to chief secretary (CS) and once the approval was received, the same cycle was repeated, all of which took at least four to five days, if not more. 

And during such time, if more COVID positive patients arrived, the recovered patients did not agree to stay along with the newly tested positive cases, he added. He said recovered patients frequently expressed their fears of getting infected by staying together with the new patients and demanded that they be released.   

Many health workers suggested that the State government should come up with a policy to segregate the recovered patients and fresh cases so that more space could be created for the new cases and accommodate them, while ensuring that the recovered patients did no face delay in discharge.

According to an insider, district hospitals are following the June 7 addendum SOP where it has been mentioned that any returnee from institutional quarantine, who is to be released for home quarantine, will be first given clearances by the medical team at the quarantine centre as per protocol.

Thereafter, the district task force lead by the DC will consider the case and then send recommendations to the CS for obtaining the latter’s concurrence. Only after receiving the CS’ concurrence, the DC will issue the approval letter for releasing the returnee for undergoing home quarantine. 



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