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Hospitals directed not to refuse admission to Covid patients for lack of valid ID


All Central and state government hospitals managing covid patients have been directed to ensure that no patient is refused admission due to lack of a valid identity card and a positive test report for coronavirus, the Centre has told the Supreme Court.

In an affidavit on the points raised by the top court, the Centre submitted that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has intimated all state governments regarding the policy of setting up three-tier Health infrastructure for appropriate management of suspect/ confirmed covid-19 cases.

As the vaccination of the entire country is not possible in one stretch due to the very suddenness of the pandemic and limited availability of vaccine doses, the vulnerability is the prime consideration, it said.

The Centre’s affidavit was submitted late Sunday night in a suo motu case by the apex court for ensuring essential supplies and services during the covid-19 pandemic. It further said that the guidance document issued in this regard on April 7, 2020, envisages/mandates setting up of Covid Care Centre (CCC) for mild cases and these have been set up in hostels, hotels, schools, stadiums and lodges, both public and private.

Functional hospitals like Community Health Centres (CHCs), which may be handling regular, non-Covid cases may also be designated as COVID Care Centres as a last resort. Dedicated Covid Health Centre (DCHC) that shall offer care for all cases that have been clinically assigned as moderate.

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