Home insulation works, but responsibly | HT Editorial – Editorials
New Delhi (CM) Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Monday that home isolation was an effective option for patients with mild or no symptoms of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). This is in line with a notice from the health ministry in late April that it had allowed isolation in the home, but under conditions: a 24×7 caregiver; constant communication between the caregiver and a hospital; and immediate medical help if severe symptoms develop, among others.
The categorical call for insulation of the Delhi CM house is welcome. The number of Covid-19 cases continues to increase in the Capital, and the peak, according to medical experts who advise the government, is yet to come. The healthcare infrastructure is under pressure. In anticipation of this, the Delhi government has reserved an additional 1,500 Covid-19 beds at a government facility, and asked private hospitals and nursing homes to reserve at least 20% of their total bed strength for Covid patients- 19. Many patients are also better able to cope emotionally with the disease if they are allowed to recover with their families.
However, the home insulation scheme will only work if there is strict monitoring on the ground, which in itself is not easy given India’s weak governance structure, and the state apparatus is busy tackling other related crises. But, more importantly, it depends on the idea that citizens exercise responsibility and care, be transparent about their health, communicate with doctors on time, and follow the home isolation protocol in letter and spirit. Do it for yourself, for your families, for the community and for the city you call home.