UP govt withdraws order to ban mob phones in isolation ward of COVID hosps
Uttar Pradesh

UP govt withdraws order to ban mob phones in isolation ward of COVID hosps

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Lucknow, May 24 : After facing criticism, the Uttar Pradesh government has withdrawn the order banning mobile phones of Novel Coronavirus patients in isolation wards of COVID Hospitals in the state.

State Additional Chief Secretary, Home Awnish Awasthi said here on Sunday that now, patients can keep mobile phones, but they will be disinfected regularly. 'The mobile phone and it's charger will be disinfected, when the patient enters the isolation ward and every time they come out or go inside.

Besides, the patient would not be allowed to give their mobile phone to any other person,' he said. He also said the government was concerned about the well-being of COVID patients and hence, such a decision was taken.

On Saturday night, State Director General Medical Education KK Gupta had issued an order, directing that patients admitted in dedicated L-2 and L-3 COVID hospitals will no longer be allowed to take mobile phones along with them in the isolation wards, in order to check the spread of the infection.

According to an order issued by the state government late on Saturday night, two mobile phones will now be available with the ward in-charge of the COVID care centres, so that the patients can talk to their family members and administration, if required. 'To facilitate the communication between COVID-19 patients admitted in clinics, with their family members or anyone else, two dedicated mobile phones while adhering to infection prevention norms, are kept with ward in-charge of COVID care centre,' the order said.

However, the same was opposed and opposition political parties too jumped into the issue, which forced the Yogi Adityanath government to withdraw the order. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav had questioned the UP government about this new decision.

'When mobile phones are spreading COVID-19, then why has it not been banned in the entire country? It is the need of the hour to sanitize the mobiles and not ban them,' the SP president said.

Mr Yadav said the decision seems to be an effort to hide the real facts and the condition of COVID hospitals in the state. (UNI)