Earlier, it was mandatory for patients to remain at Covid-19 facilities for a minimum of 10 days.
At the same time, health authorities have increased the home isolation period for the discharged patient from seven to nine days.
When contacted, AMC’s health officer Dr Neeta Padalkar said, “Considering the demand from the patients, the decision has been taken to allow patients who are asymptomatic as well as whose all vital parameters are normal to obtain permission and get discharged on completion of eight days of treatment.”
She said that the decision to grant permission to patients will be taken by the treating doctors. “Permission will granted only after being satisfied about the patient’s health conditions, especially vital parameters,” said Padalkar.
Anticipating sudden surge in demand for beds to accommodate Covid-19 patients, civic body administrator has already ordered increasing the bed capacity of civic-run facilities to 5,000. As on date, all the civic-run Covid facilities have a total bed capacity is about 2,000. In addition, all the bed reserved for Covid patients in private hospitals are about 2,500.
The district administration as well as the health department authorities have expressed serious concerns about the ever-rising number of new Covid cases in Aurangabad. As per the stats released on late Wednesday late night, 1,335 people tested positive for the contagion while 17 have died. Even on Thursday, there was a surge of about 1,000 cases.