Bhubaneswar:11/5/20: Additional Chief Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Pradipta Mohapatra has said Odisha government has made minor changes in the guidelines.
Addressing media persons on COVID-19 at the Geeta Govinda Sadan here on Monday, Mohapatra said patients with mild symptoms or asymptomatic patients can be discharged after 10 days or in the event of patient not having fever for three days.
In case of serious patients they can be discharged in three days, Mohapatra added. Nearly 90 percent of cases in Odisha are asymptomatic and they do not need any treatment.
He said the patient during home isolation will be stamped on his inner forearm with indelible ink and will be required to wear a band.
The persons in home isolation will stay at home and must not loiter inside or outside, he said and added that a ‘Quarantine Sticker’ will be pasted in front of the house wherein a COVID-19 patient is in home isolation.
Those who do not have facilities such as separate toilet and a separate room, must opt for institutional facility till they get cured, Mohapatra added.
The Additional Chief Secretary informed that as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MHFW) on April 27 and May 10, COVID-19 positive cases with mild symptoms or those who are asymptomatic need not go to a Corona Care Centre. They will be kept in home isolation with daily medical surveillance, he said.
Mohapatra said home quarantine will be applicable in the first in urban areas only.