COVID-19: Odisha asks pvt hospitals to train their staff on these measures in 7 days, here’re details

Bhubaneswar: In view of rising cases of COVID-19 infection among health workers in hospitals, the Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET), Odisha, today asked private hospitals to ensure completion of training of their staff on prescribed infection, prevention and control measures (IPC) within seven days.

While issuing guidelines for hospitals including the p[private ones in the State, the DMET said, “All hospitals shall follow the advisory for managing health care workers working in COVID-19 and non-COVID areas of the hospital issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Directorate General of Health Services (EMR Division) dated June 18, 2020.”

The guidelines added all private hospitals shall ensure that completion of training on IPC within seven days and must submit a certificate that all their staff are trained in and are following the prescribed IPC required during the present COVID-19 pandemic.

All the private hospitals must submit the name of nodal officer with his/her phone number and e-mail address to the Director of Public Health, Odisha ([email protected])

All hospitals shall establish a dedicated fever clinic and reserve an isolated area for management of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. This area shall be managed by dedicated staff who shall not be deployed in other areas of hospital, it said.

“No patient who is COVID-19 positive shall be transferred to dedicated COVID-19 hospitals unless being stabilized and transportable. Referral and transfer shall be done only with intimation to and confirmation from the referred hospitals,” the guidelines added.

No public conveyance shall be allowed for transportation of COVID-19 patients. The patients shall be transported in a dedicated ambulance. After transportation the vehicles must be sanitized.

All the cases of ILI, SARI/suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 must be mandatorily notified to the District/Local Urban Body/State public Health Authority, it added.

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