Covid-19: Indian health ministry allows emergency dental procedures in Red zones

Covid-19: Indian health ministry allows emergency dental procedures in Red zones

New Delhi: The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued fresh advisory for dental professionals amid phase four of the countrywide lockdown, allowing emergency dental procedures in Red zones even as dental clinics are to remain closed in Containment zones.

Dentists, auxiliaries and patients undergoing dental procedure are at high risk of cross-infection as the Covid-19 spread is yet to be contained in the country. Most dental activities require close contact with the patient’s oral cavity, saliva, blood, and respiratory tract secretions, which can all contain Covid-19 viral load.

According to the new guidelines, though dental clinics will remain closed in Containment Zone, the professionals can continue to provide tele triage. Patients in this zone can seek ambulance services to travel to near-by Covid dental facility.

As far as the Orange and Green zones are concerned, dental clinics will function to provide consultations. However, dental operations should be restricted to emergency and urgent treatment procedures only.

“All routine and elective dental procedures should be deferred for a later review until new policy guidelines are issued,” the advisory read.

The dental professionals and patients should adhere to strict Covid-19 safety guidelines including disinfection of clinics, donning of PPEs and use of N-95 masks among others.

The slight relaxation was provided even as Coronavirus cases crossed the one-lakh mark. New cases continued to mount in the country which so far reported 3103 casualties.

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