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NITI Aayog releases compendium on best practices for home-based management of Covid-19


New Delhi: NITI Aayog on Thursday released Home-Based Management of Covid-19, a compendium of best practices adopted by states to combat the pandemic.

The report was launched by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, member (health) Dr Vinod K Paul, CEO Amitabh Kant and additional secretary Dr Rakesh Sarwal.

The compendium presents a holistic picture of various home-based care models adopted by the states and summarizes basic principles and practical recommendations. Several of these successful strategies can be replicated and scaled up.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, state governments have responded with various innovative measures to contain the spread of the virus. The changing dynamics of the Covid-19 infection called for early identification, remote monitoring, and appropriate referral mechanism to reduce the number of severe cases and deaths. This led to the formulation of a ‘home-based care model for Covid-19’.

A low-cost model, it emerged as an important pillar of pandemic management. Various home-care best practices included in the document released by NITI Aayog provided holistic support to patients and their families.

The compendium is aimed at providing strategic direction to decision-makers for designing sustainable healthcare models at the national and sub-national levels, according to a government release.

Community preparedness can help in ensuring that no one is left behind. The practices on home-based care described in this compendium may be adopted, adapted, and replicated by the states/UTs for scale-up in respective contexts, building on their experiences, the release pointed out.


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