Hydroxychloroquine to be given to Health workers treating COVID-19 patients

Hydroxychloroquine to be given to Health workers treating COVID-19 patients


  • Post By : Kumar Jeetendra

  • Source: PTI

  • Date: 29 Apr,2020

Healthcare workers associated with the treatment of coronavirus patients will be given hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets as a preventive prescription, the Maharashtra government has said and given rules on the utilization of the medication.

State Health secretary Pradeep Vyas in an ongoing round said the medication will be given to specialists, attendants and clinical staff engaged with the treatment of COVID-19 patients and suspects, just as contacts of those testing positive for the sickness.

Individuals from the review crews moving in the coronavirus control zones and clinical specialists at emergency clinics in territories whereCOVID-19 cases are discovered will likewise be given the medication.

The clinical laborers should take the medication for seven weeks while contacts of COVID-19 patients should take it for three weeks, the roundabout stated, including that the medication ought to be given to clinical specialists with their assent.

The medication ought not be given to individuals beneath the age of 15, it said.

Those having heart infirmities, hypertension and diabetes ought to be given the medication after master clinical exhort, it included.

The round additionally said that hydroxychloroquine ought not be given to those having retinopathy (an eye affliction) or excessive touchiness.

Those with blood-related infirmities ought to be given the medication after a clinical test, it stated, including that care ought to be taken for any reactions.

According to the convention, there will be no adjustment in the safety measures and care to be taken while in institutional or home isolate.

Clinical specialists will keep on wearing individual defensive gear (PPE), N-95 veils and triple-layer masks while being on the medicine, the round included.

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