Kohima, August 06 (NEx): Nagaland Government, Home Department on Wednesday, August 05, 2020, issued Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for Home isolation of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.
The SOP notification issued by Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy IAS, stated that any patient who is clinically assigned as an asymptomatic case by the treating Medical Officer, and is not an immuno-compromised patient may apply for Home Isolation. A single bedroom with proper ventilation is mandatory for Home Isolation and there should preferably be an attached bathroom.
Appropriate disinfectants should also be available. The patient may apply to the district surveillance officer with a copy to the Village Council/Town Council/Municipal Council, after which, a medical team will inspect his/her house and certify that it is fit to be used for home isolation with all the required facilities.
It will be mandatory for the patient in home isolation to download the nCOVID Nagaland App and enter into the App twice daily for his symptom until discharged from home isolation.
The patient should also not move out of the isolation room during the entire duration of isolation except in circumstances where the bathroom is located away from the room. If bathroom is shared, it should be disinfected after each use with appropriate disinfectant.
The caregiver of the patient will avoid physical contact and maintain physical distancing when providing care. Food may be served in disposable containers and should be delivered at the door without entering the room. The cleaning works such as washing of utensils, used linen/ clothes, disinfection of frequently touched surfaces should be done by the patient in isolation to avoid contact with caregiver, it said.
The duration of home isolation will be for 14 days, if there is no symptom throughout the period; which will be followed by 14 days home quarantine. If symptoms develop during the isolation period, patient will be shifted to COVID Hospital.
But if the symptom is very mild and medical officer advises continued home isolation, the patient will continue isolation for 10 more days from the onset of symptom and the patient should not have had fever at least for the last 3 days. This will be followed by 14 days home quarantine.
After home isolation, testing is not recommended by Government of India. But the State testing policy for discharge of confirmed cases will be followed, as revised from time to time.
The violators of the provisions of the SOP will be penalized as per the relevant section of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020, it added.