Union Health Ministry Issues Fresh Guidelines for Peri-Urban, Rural and Tribal Areas on COVID 19 CONTAINMENT & MANAGEMENT – Nurse, Health Worker to be Nodal Person: New Guidelines for Rural and Tribal Areas Released

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According to the guidelines, in rural areas, community health officers or ANMs, multi-purpose health workers (men) will be the nodal persons and they will be assisted by ASHA workers. In the new SOP, it has been said to provide a variety of training to the nodal persons including papid antigen testing.

Highlights of the new guidelines:

– Monitoring will be done with the help of Aasha Workers and Village Health Sentencing and Nutrition Committee.

– Testing suspected patients of Corona through rapid antigen or RTPS.

Teleconstruction should be provided to patients with symptoms with the help of Community Health Officer.

– Patients with comorbidity and low saturation should be sent to higher center for treatment.

-Community health officer and ANM should be trained in rapid antigen testing.

To assess oxygen saturation in rural areas, the availability of plus oximeter and thermometer should be ensured.

For the follow-up of patients in Isolation and Corentine, frontline workers, volunteers, teachers go door to door.

Home isolation kits should be provided to all of them.

-Home isolation, if the patient has shortness of breath, oxygen is below 94%, chest pain, then people should contact the doctors.

Oxygen beds should be given if oxygen saturation is below 94%.

– Isolation will be finished in 10 days of patients living in home isolation and if the test report of a patient with no symptoms is positive and there is no fever for 3 days, then home isolation will be finished in 10 days.

Covid Care Centers in rural areas Dedicated Covid Health Centers for mild and non-symptomatic patients, Dedicated Covid Hospital treatment for Moderate Case and Patients with Severe Cases.

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