Hotels must have isolation room, Goa to issue a new SOP
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Wednesday that the government is drawing up a new SOP for hotels as there will be no restrictions on tourists entering the state. “We are in the process of issuing guidelines for hotels, which will make it mandatory for them to reserve a room as an isolation room on their property,” State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said Wednesday.
Any guest who tests positive for coronavirus, but is asymptomatic, can be accommodated in the isolation room at the hotel’s premises, he said.
Rane was giving a press conference after a meeting with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be developed to ensure that all patients, whether mild, moderate or severe, get oxygen in a timely manner, the Health Minister is quoted as saying after the meeting.
He added that anesthesia technicians are being trained and will be deployed to monitor the oxygen supply to patients, either in the room or remotely.
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Maintaining that no one will be given preferential treatment, Rane said, hospital beds will be available to all patients who need them.
He said the nodal officers of Covid-19 hospitals are the final authority for discharging patients.
The government has notified GMCH, District Hospital and ESI Hospital, both in Margao, and the Sub-District Hospital in Ponda as Covid-19 treatment facilities
The state health minister assured that the coastal state will not seal its borders to keep tourists away.
Rane further said that constant monitoring of patients in home isolation has reduced the death rate from Covid-19 in the state. “We no longer have patients in a breathless stage, as we are monitoring their health in home isolation,” he said.
According to the Goa Government’s online portal, the state currently has 1,383 active cases of coronavirus, 667 people have succumbed, and a total of 44,132 have recovered, bringing the total to 46,182.