Guwahati: Assam health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that a free pulse oximeter and first-line supportive medicine will be provided to those patients opting to stay at home isolation in Guwahati from Monday.
Taking to twitter on Sunday, Sarma wrote, “From tomorrow, we will provide patients preferring to stay in home isolation a pulse oximeter and first-line supportive medicine completely free in Guwahati City. We have also activated the Tele Medicine service for them through 104, and will expand it further to other places soon.”
This decision by the state health department is likely to encourage patients contracting the virus to choose home isolation and further reduce the load on health workers and medical facilities. The health department had allowed home isolation from last month for asymptomatic patients at their own discretion and after submitting an undertaking written to the government. However not many have chosen the option and number of patients in home isolation are fairly low in the state.
The Delhi Government was the first to announce such a step to provide oximeter termed as “suraksha kavach” by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal back in the month of June for patients undergoing home isolation. The Delhi government also claimed that no patient in home isolation has died of the virus in the following month. Along with plasma donation campaign this is another step adopted by Assam health officials from the handbook of Delhi Government in its fight against the virus.
Dr Sarma has also mentioned that the rate of COVID-19 cases have decreased in the past few days in Guwahati, “Positivity rate has come down from 18% to 4.5%. The number of positive cases per day is also slowing down. Need to maintain this trend for a few more weeks” as posted on Twitter.