The ministry of health has changed its discharge criteria for coronavirus patients. The new criteria will be based on the level of disease severity and whether the patients are immune suppressed or not.
While addressing the nation on COVID-19 on Wednesday, the minister of health, Jane Ruth Aceng said; “In line with international guidance, recent population, and laboratory-based evidence, and given the shift in community transmission, the ministry of health has updated its criteria discharge for Individuals with COVID-19.”
“A COVID-19 test will nolonger be required for the discharge of asymptomatic patients or patients with mild and moderate COVID-19 infections.” Dr Aceng said.
According to the ministry of health minister Aceng, a time and symptom-based criteria will be used. In addition, whereby individuals with COVID-19 who do not require oxygen may be discharged at least 10 days after symptoms onset provided their symptoms have improved and they are at least 24 hours fever free.
“Asymptomatic patients may be discharged or dis Isolated ten days after the date of the initial test if they have no symptoms at all. This will also apply to those in home isolation” she said.
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However, for COVID-19 cases requiring supplementally oxygen, high dependency, and intensive care, a COVID-19 test will be carried out when they are clinically stable at least 24 hours when they are fever free and at least 10 days after symptoms have disappeared and will be discharged if the test is negative.
If they test is positive at day 10, Dr Aceng says; “a repeat will be carried out after five days and they will discharged if PCR(test) is negative. If PCR is still positive at day 15, the patients will be discharge at day 20 without further PCR testing.”
“As per the COVID-19 case management guidelines, a discharge certificate signed by the facility in charge should be provided to patient at the time of discharge to confirm suitability to re-engage with the community,” Aceng said.