Ministry of Health issues guidelines on clinical management of COVID-19 patients
Guidelines have also been issued for private sector laboratories intending to Initiate COVID-19 testing
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines on management pf COVID patients. The guidelines are:
o Guidelines on Clinical Management of COVID-19 triage (early recognition of patients), implementation of infection prevention and control measures have been revised and updated.
o Guidelines have been issued for Dead Body Management towards standard precautions, infection prevention and control measures, handling of the body and environmental disinfection.
o Guidelines have also been issued for private sector laboratories intending to Initiate COVID-19 Testing.
Laboratory test should be only offered when prescribed by a qualified physician as per ICMR guidance for testing. Since the guidance evolves periodically, the latest revised version should be followed.
ICMR will share the SOPs for laboratory testing and provide positive controls for establishing the test as soon as the concerned private laboratory has procured the primers, probes and reagents as per SOPs. Adoption of commercial kits for testing should be based on validations conducted by lCMR-National institute of Virology (NIV),Pune.
Appropriate biosafety and biosecurity precautions should be ensured while collecting samples from a suspect patient. Alternatively, a disease specific separate collection site may be created.
All the private testing laboratories to ensure immediate/ real-time reporting to the State officials of IDSP (Integrated Disease Surveillance Program of Govt. of India) and ICMR HQ for timely initiation of contact tracing and research activities.
ICMR strongly appeals that private laboratories should offer COVlD-19 diagnosis at no cost.