The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has issued a set of guidelines to private facilities testing for COVID-19 to strengthen containment measures for COVID-19. The MoHFW said that although it is of utmost importance that each individual infected of COVID-19 is isolated and provided appropriate treatment and their contacts are traced at the earliest to break the chain of transmission it is also important that support and cooperation of the private sector is taken in this regard.
Hence, the guidelines by the Ministry of Health are mandatory for all hospitals irrespective of being Government and Private, medical officers in government health institutions and registered private medical practitioners, including AYUSH practitioners, to notify infected individuals with COVID-19 to concerned district surveillance unit.
Further, the guidelines also talk about Self-Declaration forms for all practitioners regarding who, within their knowledge, have a travel history of COVID-19 affected countries and are falling under the case definition of coronavirus (suspect/case). In case of any such person having a history of travelling to one of the affected countries within 14v days and are showing similar symptoms to that of COVID-19, that person must be isolated in the hospital and will be diagnosed for the infection as per the protocol.
The government has also issued a national helpline number 1075 for people to inform about suspected cases of the coronavirus.