Mizoram CM Zoramthanga
Mizoram CM Zoramthanga. Courtesy: The Quint

Mizoram Allows Home Isolation Of Asymptomatic COVID-19 Patients

September 16, 2020

The Mizoram government on Tuesday issued new guidelines, allowing asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to stay in home isolation.

The decision was taken in a bid to ease the shortage of hospitals to treat COVID-19 positive patients, informed a health department official.

"A majority of COVID-19 patients in Mizoram, so far, has not shown drastic symptoms for the virus," the official added.

"COVID-19 patients showing no symptoms and with mild or very mild symptoms will be allowed to stay in home isolation under strict monitoring by health officials," the Mizoram government guidelines stated.

"The person should be clinically assigned as a very mild or pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic case by the treating medical officer," the guideline added.

"However, persons suffering from immunocompromised status such as HIV, transplant recipients, cancer therapy are not eligible for home isolation," the guideline added.

Elderly patients aged above 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung/liver/kidney disease among others will only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by a registered doctor or medical practitioner.

Persons seeking for home isolation should have the requisite facilities at their residences for self-isolation like isolated room and bathroom so as to avoid contact with other family members.

They should also get permission from the village or local level task force of their village or locality, the guideline said.

According to the guideline, a caregiver should be available to provide care on a 24x7 basis and the patients will be monitored by the health department.

A caregiver will keep monitoring the health condition of the patient and seek immediate medical attention in case the patient develops serious signs or symptoms.

These symptoms are- difficulty in breathing, dip in oxygen saturation ((SpO2 < 95%), persistent pain/pressure in the chest, mental confusion or inability to arouse, Slurred speech/seizures, weakness or numbness in any limb or face and developing bluish discolourations of lips or face among others.

"Home isolation guidelines have been issued following the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state and to ease the shortage of COVID-19 Care Centres to treat COVID-19 positive patients," said a Mizoram government official.

"The Mizoram government is making massive efforts to set up more COVID-19 Care Centres," the official added.

"The COVID-19 patients are bound to increase in the future," the official added.

It may be mentioned here that the Mizoram government has so far set up 35 makeshift COVID-19 Care Centres, which can accommodate about 1,700 patients.

Mizoram has only one dedicated COVID-19 hospital- Zoram Medical College (ZMC) where symptomatic COVID-19 patients and those with comorbid conditions are being treated.

Asymptomatic positive patients are treated in COVID-19 Care Centres.

Mizoram on Tuesday reported 40 cases, taking the state’s COVID-19 caseload to 1,468.

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