At an emergency covid meeting on Friday with CM Yediyurappa, Sudhakar said, “Around 95 percent of the infected persons have none or mild symptoms in the second wave. Hence, we require hospitalisation only for the remaining five percent of patients who are suffering from severe symptoms. We have instructed private hospitals to admit only those who need critical care and open quarantine centres in collaboration with hotels for asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients,” said the minister.
Test report within 24 hrs
“It has come to my notice that there is a delay in getting covid reports. I have instructed the labs to give test reports within 24 hours of collecting the sample. We have ensured all necessary steps to provide treatment to covid patients. 50 percent beds must be reserved in private hospitals. Nodal officers have been appointed to every hospital to supervise and streamline bed availability. One ambulance is deployed in each Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) ward. Hand-stamping and strict vigilance of those in quarantine will be ensured. Additional health care staff will be recruited on temporary contract basis,” he said, adding that free treatment is available for covid patients in government hospitals and for government-referred patients in private hospitals.
During the meeting, it was also decided to reserve 1,000 beds in government medical colleges and government hospitals and 5,000 beds in private medical colleges for covid patients. The covid bed capacity in Victoria Hospital will be increased from 400 to 750 and 200 beds will be added in a hotel quarantine facility. As the CM has been hospitalised, the all-party meeting scheduled for April 18 has been deferred. The government will also seek the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added.