The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday said that positive test for COVID-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to a COVID health facility following a revised National Policy for Admission in hospitals for suspect or confirmed COVID-19 patient by the ministry of health and family welfare, government of India.
In an oder, issuer by chief secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam, who is also that Now, the Chairperson of the State Executive Committee, directed all hospitals, under the Government of Jammu & Kashmir and private hospitals to ensure that no hospital should ask for positive test report for admission to a Covid health facility.
The order, a copy of which lies with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) states that requirement of a positive test for COVID-19 virus shall not be mandatory for admission to a COVID health facility.
“A suspect case shall be admitted to the suspect ward of COVID Care Centre (CCC), Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC) or Dedicated COVID Hospital (DCH) as the case may be, depending on the medical condition of the person based on a medical assessment,” it states.
The order states that no patient will be refused services on any count. “This include medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city.”
As per the order 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.
“Admission to a hospital must be based on need. It should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalisation. Further, the discharge should be strictly in accordance with the revised extant discharge policy in vogue presently,” the order states.
SEC warned that any deviation from this order shall attract penal action under the Disaster
Management Act, 2005–(KNO)