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Nagaland govt issues order to reserve 50% beds at hospitals for COVID-19 patients

KOHIMA: The Nagaland Government has asked the government as well as private hospitals of the state to reserve at least 50% of their beds for COVID-19 patients in a recently released statement.

The statement signed under the name of J. Alam, chief secretary of Nagaland, also directed the private hospitals to charge a reasonable price from the patients. Also, the rates must be notified by the concerned Hospital Authority and it must and also should be displayed prominently for wide visibility.

Alam had also asserted the projections made for the number of ICU beds, oxygen-supported beds and ward beds were discussed in the state-level COVID war room at Nagaland Civil Secretariat in Kohima.

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It has been made mandatory to test the admitted patients immediately for COVID-19 irrespective of their illness on a payment basis issued by the government.

All the hospitals involved in the management of confirmed Covid-19 cases must set up a flu corner for screening of suspected cases and an isolation facility to isolate suspected or probable cases till the test result is declared. It also stated that all ILI and SARI cases and admitted patients should be tested as ICMR testing policy.

The statement said that the respective District Task Force will ensure compliance with the order.

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