Now, ‘Covid Care Centres’ to monitor asymptomatic cases
All frontline workers will be tested extensively: Dr. Sudhakar
With the number of infections increasing since the last fortnight, ‘Covid Care Centres’ will be established to monitor and treat infected persons who are asymptomatic, Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar said at a presser on Tuesday. The minister said he had held detailed discussions with senior officials and experts on ‘best practices’ of other states.
Private hospitals should proactively participate in the fight against Covid-19, and strict action will be taken against hospitals which refuse to treat such patients. Detailed guidelines will soon be released regarding the number of beds, ICUs and ventilators for Covid cases, he said.
The government is trying to scale up testing to 15,000-25,000 samples per day. People in crowded areas, pourakarmikas, street vendors, healthcare workers, policemen and other frontline workers will be tested extensively. It has also been decided to mandatorily test all those who have symptoms of ILI and SARI, the minister said.
An expert committee has been formed to advise on the type of treatment and care required for cases in different stages.
The BBMP commissioner has been directed to ensure that 20,000 beds are available in Covid Care Centres in Bengaluru city. This will reduce the burden on hospitals, Dr.Sudhakar said.
The state government under Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is leaving no stone unturned to contain the spread of the virus. The government is committed to fighting the pandemic on all fronts. “We will set up more testing labs.” Dr. Sudhakar said.