The Health and Family Welfare Department of the Government of Odisha on 17th July, 2020, issued Guidelines for Medical Officers/ Doctors working in private practices during the COVID – 19 pandemic on account of several health-care personnel being infected by the virus.
Therefore Medical Practitioners pursuing professional practices in their own consultation chambers or in private set ups such as nursing homes/ poly clinics/ private clinics are required to strictly adhere to the following guidelines:
- All nursing homes/ poly clinics/ clinics/ consulting chambers must have separate fever clinics and isolation facilities.
- Hand washing facilities, hand sanitizers and face masks must be made available.
- After every single use all equipment like BP instruments, stethoscope, thermometers and any other touch points have to be sterilized/ disinfected.
- Social distancing and IPC Protocol has to be mandatorily followed in the premises.
- Information Education and Communication (IEC) material on infection control practices
along with ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ should be displayed in the premises.
- Severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) or Influenza Like Illness (ILI) cases must be
mandatorily notified to the district surveillance unit/ local bodies.
- Register of patients visiting the clinic must be maintained.
- Authorised persons must be allowed access to inspect the premises and records as and when necessary.
- Legal action will be taken against any doctor found negligent in complying with any prescribed guidelines.
The guidelines shall come into effect immediately.
Click here to read the guidelines.