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Home Isolation Vital to Curb Spread of Omicron: G Srinivas

Home Isolation Vital to Curb Spread of Omicron: G Srinivas

Director of Public Health, Dr. G. Srinivas Rao interacting with the media persons said that the home based isolation to recover from Omicron variant driven Covid-19 infections could play a vital role in the next few months in the State. 

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Hyderabad: As per the studies indicating that Omicron is highly transmissible and at the same time possibly less severe than the Delta variant, the State Health and Family Welfare department is gearing up to the possibility of having to provide service to a large number of Omicron positive cases needing home isolations and not hospitalization.  

Director of Public Health, Dr. G. Srinivas Rao interacting with the media persons said that the home based isolation to recover from Omicron variant driven Covid-19 infections could play a vital role in the next few months in the State. 

Keeping this in view the health wing is preparing ground to deploy Home Isolation Treatment and Monitoring Protocol (HITAM) and also procure over 25 lakh home isolation kits that will provide guidance and medicines to Omicron variant positive patients, needing home isolation to recover. 

Apart from distributing medicine kits, home isolation care will be monitoring the progression of symptoms and treatment. 

Compliance among patients by trained tele-callers. These measures, which are part of the HITAM initiative, were rolled out from the state-of-the art call centre and monitoring facility in Hyderabad that was started during the second Covid wave.

Home based isolation treatment and monitoring facility includes quick identification of Covid-19 positive patients at testing centers and depending on the patient’s health condition advice home isolation or hospitalization.  

Patients needing home isolation are immediately provided home isolation kits that comprise medicines, as per doctor’s advice and later on their health condition is monitored remotely by trained tele-callers.

While there is no specific medicine that has so far been included in the treatment guidelines for Omicron positive patients, the health authorities said that general medicines like Paracetamol,  Cetrizine, broad spectrum antibiotics like Doxycycline, supplements like Vitamin C will be part of the home isolation kit, he said.  

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