A revised government advisory on Friday recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medication for asymptomatic healthcare workers working in non-COVID-19 hospitals, frontline staff on surveillance duty in containment zones, and paramilitary/police personnel involved in coronavirus infection-related activities.
The revised advisory issued by the ICMR, however, cautioned that the intake of the medicine should not instill a sense of false security.
The recommendation was made after the Joint Monitoring Group under the Chairmanship of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and including representatives from AIIMS, ICMR, National Centre for Disease Control, National Disaster Management Authority, WHO and experts drawn from central government hospitals reviewed the prophylactic use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in the context of expanding it to healthcare and other frontline workers deployed in non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 areas.
Note: This presentation is a brief compilation of some of the key recommendations included in the Guideline and is not exhaustive and does not constitute medical advice. Refer to the attached original guideline for complete details.