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Positive Report Not Must For Admission To COVID Hospital, Says Govt

New Delhi: In a relief for patients, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday revised the national policy for admission of COVID-19 patients to various categories of COVID hospitals and medical facilities.

According to the revised policy, the requirement of a positive test for COVID-19 is not mandatory for admission to a Covid health facility.

A suspect case must be admitted to the suspect ward of COVID Care Center (CCC), Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC) or Dedicated COVID Hospital (DHC) as the case may be, a release by the ministry said.

“This patient-centric measure aims to ensure prompt, effective and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from COVID-19,” the release added.

The revised policy further said that no patient will be refused services on any count. “This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city,” it said.

“No patient shall be refused admission on the ground that he/she is not able to produce a valid identity card that does not belong to the city where the hospital is located,” it added.