Delhi's LNJP Hospital designated as Covid facility, no patient to be turned back

Delhi's LNJP Hospital designated as Covid facility, no patient to be turned back

The Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in Delhi has been designated as a Covid Hospital. In the wake of concerns sparked by the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday designated the LNJP Hospital as a dedicated Covid facility.

Any individual who tests positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus will be isolated and treated at the hospital.

The ministry said that the hospital will designate one or more separate wards, as per need, for treating Covid patients. “All necessary precautions to stop the spread of infection will be taken,” a statement said.

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The ministry further stated that no Covid patient will be denied admission to the hospital on any ground.

On Monday, Delhi L-G Anil Baijal chaired the 27th meeting of DDMA to review the Covid-19 situation and emerging scenario in Delhi in light of the Omicron strain. After detailed deliberations, it was decided to continue to strictly adhere to the test, track, treat strategy with a special focus on surveillance, isolation of positive cases, contact tracing and strict enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour.

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The Jharkhand government, too, has issued guidelines in light of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus. This includes enhanced surveillance and genome sequencing of samples, thermal screening at Ranchi airport and strict enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour, among other things.

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