Government of India allows Covid-19 patients to interact through video conference 

Shillong, July 3, 2020: Large number of people are facing different types of depression following imposition of Lockdown in Meghalaya. Many of them have treated in the different hospitals especially in North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences at Mawdiang-diang in the outskirt of the city. In this regard, the Government India has asked all the states and Union Territories that smartphones and tablet devices should be allowed for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, so that they can interact with family and friends through video conferencing. This will provide psychological support to the patients. The use of mobile phones are allowed for the hospitalized patients. But in some cases the administrations do not allow them to use. In this connection, the Director General Director General of Health Services in the Health Ministry, Dr. Rajiv Garg, while writing letters to the states and Union Territories to allow the use of smart phones said  appropriate protocols for disinfecting devices and allocating time slots can be developed by the hospital concerned to facilitate contact between patients and their family. He stressed that administrative and medical teams should be responsive to the psychological needs of patients admitted in COVID-19 wards and ICUs.MMP


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