Recommends the promotion of immunization, documentation of research-related data and effective training of health workers
Recommending a multi-pronged preparedness strategy for a possible third wave of COVID-19 in the state, the COVID-19 expert group of the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) of Karnataka submitted its report to the government on Monday. .
The 34-page report suggested that advocacy for immunization, documentation of research-related data, and effective training of healthcare workers was the need of the hour.
Emphasizing the role of vaccines, the PHANA committee stressed that private hospitals must follow the hub and spoke model to conduct vaccination campaigns in towns and villages. This model was followed during the first phase of the vaccination campaign and the results were effective. While specific hospitals were designated as vaccination centers, neighboring hospitals would undertake advocacy. All hospitals would approach vaccine reluctance with the same voice, according to the report.
The committee recommended the aggressive implementation of isolation and home surveillance protocols. Every patient at home should be adopted by a COVID care center or hospital care center and be monitored by telemedicine, according to the report.
While advice for clinicians on the therapeutic management of adult outpatients should be given, junior physicians and nurse practitioners should be trained in home telemonitoring.