Govt revises ‘Discharge Policy’ for COVID patients

The Jammu and Kashmir Government revised its ‘Discharge Policy for COVID-19’ patients slashing period of hospitalization of the positive cases while 97 persons including number of security personnel from Army, CRPF, BSF, JKP, IAF, shopkeepers, people from Red Zones, a GMC Jammu doctor and nine returnees from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh tested positive for Coronavirus in Jammu region as the Union Territory of Ladakh reported second Corona casualty and three more persons reported positive there.

As per the new ‘Discharge Policy’ for COVID Patients’ issued by Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo, the patient with mild symptoms will be discharged after 10 days of onset of symptoms and no fever for three days, with advice to the patients to isolate themselves at home and self-monitor for further period of seven days, after being reported rtPCR negative.

“Patients with moderate symptoms will be discharged after resolution of clinical symptoms and maintaining of oxygen saturation for three consecutive days and reporting rtPCR negative,” the new Policy stated.
It said patients with severe symptoms will be discharged after clinical recovery and testing negative once by rtPCR (after resolution of symptoms).

Presently, the patients are being discharged after 14 days and two negative tests.

Meanwhile, District Magistrate Jammu Sushma Chauhan today ordered compulsory registration for COVID-19 sampling for road travelers arriving from outside Jammu division at the checkpoints set up at Ban Toll Plaza and Purmandal Morh before entering the district.