The first half of July saw the Assam Health Department undertaking a slew of revisions in its official guidelines concerning the containment and management of the pandemic. One such revision was the tweaking of quarantine rules for doctors and health workers deployed in COVID-19 care duties.
According to the new rules doctors and health workers who are serving at COVID-19 care centres will have to be quarantined for four days after completing a ten day uninterrupted stretch of duty.
Doctors and health workers who are serving at COVID-19 care centres are quarantined for four days after completing a ten day uninterrupted stretch of duty.On the other hand doctors and health professionals who are manning COVID-19 hospitals would be quarantined for seven days after a seven day duty period. This was a much needed move as an overwhelming number of doctors and frontline workers are anyway contracting the virus.
Speaking to Fit NorthEast a lady doctor at GMCH said, "It is a tough time for us as we have to isolate from our families and small children. However, this mandatory quarantine does insulate our families from the risk of contracting the disease."