Punjab allows home isolation to Coronavirus patients

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LAHORE: Punjab health authorities have allowed coronavirus patients’ isolation at homes with compliance of the standard operating procedures, media reported on Sunday. Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar has granted permission for the home isolation of the coronavirus patients in accordance with the SOPs of the World Health Organization (WHO). The patients with minor symptoms of the infection could be given permission to remain isolate at home, the chief minister said. The patient will remain under the observation of concerned district health authority. Chief Minister Buzdar has said that the building housing a patient will be disinfected on daily basis. Under the SOPs, the patients will be provided meals in disposable pots. A committee nominated by the deputy commissioner will decide about permission for home isolation of a patient, the chief minister said. The home isolation committee will be comprised of the assistant commissioner or his representative, DDO Health and the chief officer. Three committees will be formed at each union council level with a doctor as a member. Under the SOPs for home isolation, health authorities will give permission for home isolation after an inspection of the house and will not allow home isolation if no separate room will be available in the house for the patient. The family will be bound to report the health department about the condition of patient on daily basis.