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Home Isolation Should Be Clinical

Home isolation of very mild and pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases under which a patient can stay at home but will have to be in touch constantly with the hospitals, the decision to keep patients with mild symptoms in home isolation was taken to take load of hospitals. The move will also take care of a common problem of loneliness that patients feel when they are admitted to a hospital or a centre. Apart from a separate room for the patient and other family members, who have been home quarantined, there should be a caregiver to take care of the patient 24×7.The patient and the caregiver, instructions has to be followed strictly by both, the instructions largely include the precautions the two are required to take during the 14-day period (16 days from the date of sample taken). It says that during  home isolation, the patient must download the Aarogya Setu mobile application and able to measure his temperature on a regular basis and inform the health status to the district surveillance officer for further follow up. A caregiver should be available to provide care on a 24×7 basis. A communication link between the caregiver and hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation.  Both have to take precautions like the patient and the caregiver are required to take including wearing of three-layered medical masks and gloves, maintaining personal hygiene, regular washing of hands among others. On, when to discontinue home isolation, the guidelines said that patients under home isolation will end home isolation if symptoms are clinically resolved and the surveillance medical officer certifies him or her to be free of infection after laboratory testing.   

Sahili S Sawant Dessai, Curchorem

Lift Moratorium On PMC Bank

September 23 completes one year for the moratorium imposed by RBI on the Punjab Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC) restricting transactions and cash withdrawals by the depositors. Till date, the fate  of the bank  continues to hang in limbo, with no headway made by the administrator to sell the acquired assets of the accused and pay off the 9 lakh depositors in 137 branches. Neither the RBI nor the finance ministry have shown any  interest in pumping in the shortfall liquidity amount by roping in the State Bank of India  as was  done in the case of  the revival of Yes Bank, in a  record time of just 12 days. The recent amendment to the Banking Regulation Act was undertaken by the Centre to protect depositors from  future repeats of banking frauds, by bringing all co-operative banks under the supervision of the RBI. Whether  this amendment will  also help to restart the  PMC bank and pay depositors their locked up money is the moot question. This is the only hope left for the beleagured and distraught depositors.

A F Nazareth, Alto Porvorim