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BHOPAL: The health department has not followed uniform protocol for treatment of British returnees after they tested corona-positive in Madhya Pradesh. However, it is supposed to follow a uniform protocol for all British returnees who are corona-positive and they should be kept in separate wards in hospitals till their final test report is cleared by the NIV, Pune, or NDC, New Delhi.

In Jabalpur, a British returnee has been admitted in a separate ward in the Medical College, while, in Bhopal, a British returnee has been given the liberty of home isolation. British returnees are either tested positive, or are suspected cases, in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur.

Besides, there are around 500 British returnees in Madhya Pradesh and they are being subjected to the RT-PCR tests. In Bhopal, there are 64 such cases and 44 of them have been tested and one of them is a suspected case. Their samples have been sent to Delhi for the final test.

‘It may be risky’

"The health department should follow a uniform protocol and the UK returnees should be kept separate from normal corona patients in corona-dedicated hospitals until their final test results are cleared by the top virology labs. Or else, it may be risky. I’ll raise the issue at the meeting of the health department," Dr Lokendra Dave, HoD, pulmonary medicines, Gandhi Medical College, said.

‘No separate guidelines needed’

"The virus is the same and the treatment is similar , so, there’s no need for separate guidelines, but such corona patients as British returnees should be kept in separate wards in hospitals just to differentiate from patients suffering from the normal coronavirus until their final test results are out. In the test report, if it is found to be the normal coronavirus, it is all right; then, it depends upon the hospital administration whether the patient should be advised home isolation," remarked Dr ID Chaurasia, medical superintendent, Hamidia Hospital.

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