According to the new SOP, first and foremost, the neighbourhood shouldn’t have any problem if the patient wants to stay at home

Guwahati: The Assam health department has prepared a new standard operating procedure (SOP) for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients who want to opt for home isolation.

Addressing media persons in Guwahati on Saturday, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the department has prepared the SOP for such asymptomatic COVID-19 patients who don’t want to be at COVID-19 care centres for observation.

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According to the new SOP, first and foremost, the neighbourhood shouldn’t have any problem if the patient wants to stay at home.

“Also, the patient opting for home isolation shouldn’t have any aged person, especially parents, with him/her. They should also have a pulse oximeter at home. He/she should also have a family physician on call who gives us the consent that he will look after the patient every three hours. One of the important aspects in this regard is also that the patient should also have a vehicle with a driver ready at all time, so that he/she can be shifted to the hospital in case of any emergency,” the minister said.

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In such circumstances, if the patient and the doctor concerned give us in writing, then he or she can go for home isolation, Sarma said, adding: “Our department people will visit the residence of such patients and inquire about the situation on spot.

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