Government of Jammu and Kashmir has ordered that requirement of a positive test for COVID-19 virus shall not be mandatory for admission to a COVID health facility.
A suspect case shall be admitted to the suspect ward of COVID Care Centre (CCC), Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC) or Dedicated COVID Hospital (DCH) as the case may be, depending on the medical condition of the person based on a medical assessment.
“No patient will be refused services on any count. This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city” stated the order.
The order further states that “no patient shall be refused admission on the ground that he/she is not able to produce a valid identity card that does not belong to the city where the hospital is located”.
Admission to a hospital must be based on need. It should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalization. Further, the discharge should be strictly in accordance with the revised extant discharge policy in vogue presently.
“Any deviation from this order shall attract penal action under the Disaster Management Act, 2005” the order stated.