New Delhi, July 29: With an aim to ease the burden on the hospitals during the pandemic, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in one of its guidelines said that persons clinically categorised as having very mild or pre-symptomatic (COVID-19) will have the option of home isolation provided they have the requisite facility at their residence.
According to a report by Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India as 80 per cent of COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic or showing mild symptoms.
“Thanks to the government guidelines, we have been providing home isolation services to Fortis Hospital across the country, and also collaborated with the corporate like Tata, Dabur, ABFL and insurance companies for our HIP to manage the asymptomatic as well as the patients with mild symptoms. We have developed a customised Home Isolation Programme (HIP) under two caps — ‘COVID Essentials’ and ‘COVID Advanced.’ The former is meant ‘for low-risk individuals’ and the latter ‘for high-risk individuals. Home isolation is feasible and affordable for everyone. And, this will also decrease the burden on hospitals”, Mr Vivek Srivastava, Co-Founder & CEO of HealthCare atHome (HCAH) said in a press release issued today.
As the number of mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients has been increasing gradually, it seems that 90 per cent of the patients will be treated through home isolation care considering its affordability and feasibility.
Health Care at Home (HCAH) is the first company, which has developed a meticulously designed Home Isolation Programme (HIP).
“We have been receiving overwhelming responses from patients amidst the COVID-19 panic as they are approaching us considering the feasibility of Home Isolation Programme (HIP). We provide complete training and education ‘On how to live in Home Isolation’ with IEC material. Caregivers are also available round the clock”, Dr Gaurav, COO, HealthCare atHOME (HCAH) said.
Subsequently, testing was done via hassle-free sample collection at home. rest, our HIP team has managed remotely with the fast recovery of the patient”, Dr Thukral said, adding, “In the last three months, the number of queries for our Home Isolation Programme (HIP) has increased significantly as we are receiving 250-300 queries per day. So far, we have treated over four thousand patients through our HIP.
Amid the chronic shortage of hospital beds almost everywhere, Home isolation services turn out to be the most preferred and feasible choice. Recently, the UP government has decided to allow home isolation for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients under certain conditions.
Regarding the allowance of home isolation for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Awanish Kumar Awasthi said, “So far, home isolation was not allowed in the state. But now we have decided to allow it with certain conditions and norms. He also added that there is an adequate number of beds in COVID- designated hospitals in the state, and the decision to allow home isolation was made based on ‘requests from people.”