Gurugram allows RWAs to set up small Covid care centres – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: Amid spike in Covid-19 cases in Gurugram, the district administration has allowed upscale condominiums, gated housing societies and NGOs to set up small Covid care centres while using their own resources.

Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg, said in his order: “Requests have been received from gated housing societies to set up small Covid-19 care facilities run by the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), housing societies and NGOs using their own resources.”

“This will help reduce the burden on existing facilities for managing pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic and very mild cases of Covid living in that particular society, and that such an order would be extremely crucial to check the exponential increase in Covid cases,” Garg said.

However, Covid care centres is “not meant for critically ill elderly patients, children less than 10 years of age, pregnant or lactating women, and patients with co-morbidities, said the order.

The order also directed that the Covid centres follow “strict infection prevention and control practices” by keeping confirmed and suspected cases in separate partitioned areas with “no intermixing” and “separate toilets”.

The order further said that the facility will also need to be linked to the surveillance team (IDSP) and an ambulance provider, and telephone numbers of the RWAs, NGOs, doctors should be displayed prominently.

The order added that a doctor residing in the gated complex or provided by the NGO “facilitate daily medical examination” of the patients, and a caregiver also be identified to look after patients and keep records.

Both the doctor and caregiver, will undergo training organised by the Chief Medical Officer on Covid management and infection, prevention and control practices.



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Bengaluru civic body allows RWAs to set up covid care centres – ET RealEstate

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BENGALURU: With Bengaluru emerging as an epicentre of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka for the last one year, the city’s civic body has recently allowed all the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), corporates, resident welfare associations (RWAs) and other apartment complexes to set up Covid care centres within their premises for treating the asymptomatic and mild symptomatic patients.

Bengaluru has been grappling with a shortage of beds for quite some time, especially after the outbreak of the second Covid wave. The city’s Covid tally now stands at over 25,000.

“With the rising number of Covid cases, the civic body has decided to allow setting up of Covid care centres,” a senior health department official told IANS.

The officer added that such an order was in operation during the first wave too, but it had not garnered much attention as the government had not faced such a huge crisis earlier.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru civic body’s Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta told the media that many RWAs, apartment complexes and individual organisations had submitted requests and sought permission to set up CCCs within their premises to attend to the asymptomatic and mild symptomatic patients with the necessary medical assistance.

“As a result of this, we have issued this order as well as directed our zonal health officers to give permission by obtaining approval from the Zonal Commissioners,” he said.

“Many apartment management committees had come up with this idea after several people tested positive in a block of an apartment or a floor of the apartment complex.

“Many apartment dwellers felt the need to quarantine even asymptomatic patients instead of home isolation. Therefore, they converted their clubhouses into Covid care centres, this is helping them to contain the spread of the virus,” Ashish Kulkarni, a resident of an upmarket apartment complex in Vidyaranyapura told IANS.

The Bengaluru civic body has also laid down various conditions and rolled out a list of prerequisites to set up CCCs. Permission has been given only to admit asymptomatic and mild-symptomatic patients.

“The RWAs shall have a tie-up with the medical team or with a doctor residing in the premises for triaging and regular clinical support of the patients,” the order stated.



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Guidelines for Covid centres in gated housing societies issued – ET RealEstate

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NEW DELHI: The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has issued guidelines, including on eligibility, handling of different categories of cases, and so on, for gated residential complexes desirous of setting up small Covid Care facilities run by the Resident Welfare Associations, housing societies and NGOs using their own resources.

The ministry believes that this step may be more acceptable to the residents and will help reduce the burden on existing facilities for managing pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic and very mild cases of Covid-19 residing in that particular society.

However, it stressed that this facility is not meant for elderly patients, children less than 10 years of age, pregnant or lactating women, and patients with co-morbidities (diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and other immune-compromised states) who shall be admitted to a proper Covid Care facility.

The Covid Care facility will follow strict infection prevention and control practices, the guidelines say, stating that confirmed and suspect cases would be kept in separate partitioned areas and no intermixing will be allowed. There should also be separate toilets for both categories.

The facility will be linked to the surveillance team (IDSP) and an ambulance provider, and important telephone numbers of the RWA/residential society/NGO, doctor, caregiver and ambulance service provider shall be displayed prominently.

The makeshift facility may be set up in a community hall or common utility area within the premises of residential complex or empty flats which are isolated location-wise from rest of the occupied dwelling.

The facility should have a separate entry and exit, with the entrance should have mandatory hand hygiene arrangements (sanitiser dispenser) and thermal screening provisions for caregivers. The beds shall be placed at least one metre (3 feet) from one another.

Adequate natural room ventilation shall be ensured, and putting up exhaust fans to vent out air from the facility is desirable.

The guidelines also state that a doctor residing within the gated complex or provided by the NGO will facilitate daily medical examination of the admitted patients. A caregiver designated by the RWA/residential society/NGO shall be identified to provide care to the patients.

The doctor and the caregiver so selected will undergo training on the iGot platform (https://diksha.gov.in/igot/) on Covid management and infection, prevention and control practices. The caregiver will keep records of patients admitted to such facility.

There will also be an oversight mechanism through video camera monitoring or through the guards so that the admitted patients do not leave the facility premises, visit their household, park or other common utility area.

If a suspect case admitted to Covid Care Facility tests negative, the patient will be assessed by the treating doctor and will either be discharged (on medication, if applicable) or referred to a non-Covid facility as per requirement.

The facility shall be regularly inspected by the RRTs to provide guidance to the RWA/residential society concerned.



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