Centre Issues SOPs To Contain COVID in Rural Areas Amid Surge

The guidelines stated that the monitoring of oxygen saturation is important for supervising COVID patients. “For this it is desirable for each village to have adequate number of pulse oximeters and thermometers,” it said.

The SOPs also highlighted the importance of ensuring that community-based services and primary health infrastructure in these areas are equipped to manage infections.

Depending upon the intensity of surge and number of cases, as far as feasible, contact tracing should be done as per Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme’s (IDSP’s) guidelines.

A home isolation kit shall be provided to all active cases, which will include medicines such as paracetamol, ivermectin, cough syrup, and multivitamins, besides a detailed pamphlet that spells out the necessary precautions that need to be taken, a pro forma to monitor the patient’s condition, and contact details of community health officer in case major symptoms develop.

The guidelines also said, “The Community Health Officer or the ANMs/Multipurpose Health Worker (Male) should be the nodal person for the COVID Care Centre from the Health sector and ASHA/Anganwadi Worker will be supporting them.”

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