New Delhi: The Health Ministry on Saturday took a major decision, bringing major relief to all those who have been seeking hospital admission. The ministry said a positive coronavirus disease (Covid-19) report is no more mandatory for admission to Covid-19 hospitals. “No patient shall be refused admission on the ground that he/she is not able to produce a valid identity card that does not belong to the city where the hospital is located. Admissions to hospital must be based on need,” Union Health Ministry said. Also Read - Himachal Pradesh Aims to Vaccinate All Residents of State With First COVID Dose by July 25

The health ministry in a statement also reiterated that admission to the patient should not refused at any count even if the patient belongs to a different city and adequate medical arrangements, such as oxygen or essential drugs, should be administered to the patient. Also Read - 3rd Covid Wave is in Our Hands, Can be Stopped if...: NITI Aayog Member Dr. VK Paul

“No patient shall be refused admission on the ground that he/she is not able to produce a valid identity card that does not belong to the city where the hospital is located. Admissions to hospital must be based on need,” the ministry said. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Releases White Paper on COVID, Says Aim is to Help Nation Prepare for Possible Third Wave

“A suspect case (of COVID-19) shall be admitted to the suspect ward of CCC, DCHC or DHC as the case may be. No patient will be refused services on any count. This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city,” it added.

The ministry has asked chief secretaries of states and Union Territories to issue necessary orders and circulars and asked them to implement the new rules within the next three days.