Pune Collector directs private hospitals to return asymptomatic, mildly symptomatic patients

Naval Kishore
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Pune, 19 July 2020: Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram has directed private hospitals to counsel and release patients who are asymptomatic or symptomatic to recover from home. This will create more space for symptomatic and critically ill patients. It will also reduce the fear associated with the infection amongst people.

The district administration on June 15 had advised asymptomatic people who had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus to stay at home quarantine and not get hospitalized. This was based on the state government’s decision taken on June 6 on treating asymptomatic patients via home isolation.

These people were asked to sign affidavits which asked the patients to take care of themselves and those around them and if they face any kind of severe difficulties they should report it to the government officials.

The District Collector said that these guidelines were issued according to the rules and regulations were given by the Central and State Governments and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

He also said that asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients will be asked to go home and those who refuse to comply with these guidelines, their names should be reported to the local municipal corporation. Also, action will be taken against the hospital if they are found treating asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients, action will be taken against them.