Re-infection risk means cured patients should continue with precautions: Sudhakar
All district hospitals in the state will now have post-Covid care and rehabilitation centres, according to Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar.
Speaking to the media after a meeting with members of the Covid technical advisory committee and other experts at Vidhana Soudha on Thursday, Dr Sudhakar said there is a need to take care of infected persons even after they are cured. Bowring Hospital, Victoria Hospital and KC General Hospital in Bengaluru will have rehabilitation centres, as will all district hospitals. The necessary infrastructure and staff will be provided after the committee submits its report, he said.
Experts feel 5% of cured patients can get re-infected. While the intensity of the infection will be less in those who had serious symptoms the first time, others who had mild or no symptoms the first time could face more problems the second time. Hence, it is imperative that recovered patients should adhere to Covid guidelines, said Dr Sudhakar.
Referring to the trend of symptomatic patients consuming pain killers and staying at home, or those with dental problems hesitating to visit dentists, the Minister said people should not shy away from visiting hospitals in such situations.
Audits of Covid deaths and reinfections have been commissioned and the reports would be ready soon, Dr Sudharkar said.