“The present COVID-19 situation has raised a big challenge to the accessibility of patients to hospitals for general healthcare. Taking the situation into account, it has been decided to use telemedicine centres effectively and proactively established in medical colleges and other hospitals,” the notification stated.
The telemedicine service can be accessible in SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur, VIMSAR, Burla, Acharya Harihar Post Graduate Institute of Cancer and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics in Cuttack around the clock and employees association be made accordingly, it stated.
The service may even be accessible at 4 new medical schools and hospitals in Balasore, Baripada, Bolangir and Koraput, together with Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela General Hospital (RGH) from 8 AM to five PM.
In PHCs, the telemedicine service can be accessible as per OPD timings from 8 AM to 12 PM, and 4 PM to six PM, it stated.
In one other directive, the Health Department requested the hospital authorities to make sure social distancing, prevention of an infection amongst healthcare personnel, avoiding non-essential admission, and conducting of solely emergency surgical procedures with common precautions.
In Inpatient Department (IPD), just one attendant be allowed for critical sufferers and no attendant for ambulatory sufferers. In Outpatient Department (OPD), medical officers shouldn’t advise frequent revisits of sufferers if not required, it stated.
Media should not be allowed to enter both OPD or IPD, and devoted fever clinic, isolation ward and testing amenities should be established, the order issued by the Directorate of Health Services to the superintendents of all medical schools and hospitals, Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, RGH and chief district medical officers and public well being officers stated.