Colombo, August 7 (NewsWire) – Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi says that an integral home based care programme for the treatment of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients will commence from Monday.
Over 300 experts in the medical field will provide medical advice to such patients voluntarily, Health Minister added.
Seven key elements of the process is as follows :
- Only those who are between the ages of 2 years & 65 years will be allowed to stay at home and receive treatment.
- Patient should be able to isolated in a well ventilated separate room with adequate washroom facilities
- Patient should not have uncontrolled comorbidities such as morbid obesity, diabetes, hypertension, chronic (Heart / Lung / Renal ) conditions
- The Area MOH will be responsible for the triaging of positive individuals who need home-based care and who need institutional care.The area MOH will register eligible individuals in the ‘Patient Home Isolation and Management System’.
- The responsibility of the patient will be handed over to the Call Center and Medical Care Team through the PHIM system. Teams will be supervised by the Consultant Family Physicians.
- An assigned Medical Officer will conduct an initial assessment and daily monitoring of the patient.
- Patients requiring hospitalization will be identified early and will be handed over to a Specialist Medical Officer who will arrange transportation of the patient to the hospital.
(With inputs from NewsFirst)
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