The recovery period is likely to be longer for patients who suffered from more severe form of the disease and those with pre-existing illness
The recovery period is likely to be longer for patients who suffered from more severe form of the disease and those with pre-existing illness|Representational Image
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Chyawanprash, yoga, walks: Health ministry’s new post-COVID care management guidelines

The protocol provides an approach for managing patients, who have recovered from COVID-19, for care at home

Pritisha Borthakur

The ministry of health and family welfare recently in a statement said that a holistic approach is required for follow up care and well-being of post-Covid recovering patients.

Meditation, yogasana, pranayama, and intake of Chyawanprash are among some of the many suggestions given by the ministry in its new management protocol. It also mentioned that patients must continue maintaining the existing COVID protocols, such as use of mask, hand and respiratory hygiene, and social distancing.

The fresh set of instructions issued suggested drinking adequate amount of warm water (if not contra-indicated), taking immunity promoting ayurvedic medicine prescribed by a qualified practitioner of AYUSH, and if health permits then regular household work to be done. It advised people to resume professional work in a graded manner.

The protocol provides an approach for managing patients, who have recovered from COVID-19, for care at home. However, the procedure is not meant to be seen as a curative therapy. The recovery period is likely to be longer for patients who suffered from more severe form of the disease and those with pre-existing illness, it said.

It also called for self-health monitoring at home of temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar (especially, if diabetic), pulse oximetry etc (if medically advised).

For creating awareness and dispelling myths and stigma, the ministry suggested recovered individuals should share their positive experiences with friends and relatives using social media, community leaders, and opinion leaders.

"Seek psycho-social support from peers, community health workers, counsellor. If required seek mental health support service," the protocol mentioned. In healthcare facility setting, the ministry advised the first follow-up visit (physical/telephonic) should be within seven days after discharge, preferably at the hospital where s/he underwent treatment.

The use of Chyawanprash in the morning with luke warm water/milk is highly recommended. Immunity promoting AYUSH medicines such as mulethi powder, ayush kwath, samshamani vati and ashwagandha powder have also been suggested in the protocol.

"Subsequent treatment/follow up visits may be with the nearest qualified allopathic/AYUSH practitioner/medical facility of other systems of medicine. Poly-therapy is to be avoided due to potential for unknown drug-drug interaction, which may lead to serious adverse events or effects," it warned.

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