Punjab allows self-quarantine of corona patients at home
The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department has issued the Home Isolation Guidelines for Corona Patients.
The guidelines have been prepared in the light of the recommendations of the Corona Expert Advisory Group and the Technical Working Group. In case of symptoms of corona, the Home Isolation Committee will decide on home isolation only after reviewing the patient's condition.
For home isolation of a corona patient, the house must have a separate room and washroom. However, more than one corona patient can be kept at one place. Rooms, porches and washrooms must be disinfected on a daily basis. Home-quarantined patients shall only be given cooked food in disposable containers.
The patient will inform his doctor about the condition of blood pressure and fever on a daily basis. And isolation can only be allowed to end when two corona tests results are negative.
Punjab Information Minister Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan said the Corona Self-Isolation Committees were set up at district and union council level to make the self-quarantine at home mechanism more effective.
The minister said people from health and other departments will be the members of these committees.
On Saturday, the Punjab government had extended the coronavirus lockdown until May 31 keeping in view the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the province.
A notification in this regard has been issued. However, construction sector and steel and electric appliances businesses have been exempted from the lockdown. Paint industry, sanitary stores, steel and aluminum works as well as hardware stores have been allowed to do business during the lockdown.
According to the notification, all factories and export industry have been allowed to operate according to the standard operating procedures issued by the Punjab government for safety from coronavirus.
Shopping malls will remain closed, but barber shops and gymnasiums will open. All these shops will open only for four days a week from 8am to 5pm. General stores and grocery stores will also open from 8am to 5pm. Fruit and vegetable markets will open seven days a week per their standard times.
As the number of coronavirus cases neared 29,000 on Sunday morning, Punjab is competing with Sindh in this grim race with more than 10,000 cases so far.