Bhubaneswar: On the concluding day of the sensitization programme on Home Isolation, Professor of Medicine at SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Dr. Jayanta Panda, cleared some doubts regarding patients suffering from chronic kidney disease.
In a relief to kidney patients who are in need of dialysis, Dr. Panda said that dialysis machines earmarked for patients suffering from COVID-19 are available at COVID Hospitals in the State.
A patient arriving for dialysis has to undergo the COVID-19 test, if the report is negative the patient can receive dialysis on normal setup and positive patients can receive it on the setup earmarked for them.
Dr. Panda further clarified that the medicines to a kidney patient suffering from COVID-19 are prescribed based on the functional status of the kidney.
In response to a query on why is the date of Home Isolation calculated from the date of arrival of the report, Dr. Panda said that as a patient suffering from COVID-19 is at risk of infecting others in the first 10 days, the extra period is helpful to keep the person and his or her family safe.
Clearing the doubt over the use of Hydroxychloroquine, Dr. Panda said that it is not prescribed during Home Isolation as there are some tests to be undergone before prescribing the drug.
He further said that people who are interested to keep an oxygen concentrator or oxygen cylinder at home and use when needed can contact a medical consultant for the purpose.
Giving a summary of the Home Isolation procedures to be adopted in case different categories of patients, Dr. Panda said that there are many cases where people are consuming drugs prescribed for COVID-19 patients without consulting any doctor.
He warned that it can be dangerous and have side effects, and requested the public to contact 104 helpline, telemedicine service, or hospitals and go for the COVID-19 test if they have symptoms or have come in contact with an infected person.
Dr. Panda further emphasised on the use of mask, regular washing of hands, social distancing of at least 2 metres and disinfection of regular use items and house.