BBMP to use Bescom helpline for Covid-19 guidance
BBMP is all set to take the help of another civic agency — Bescom — in providing Covid-related advice and assistance to citizens. The toll-free number of the power supply company — 1912 — will be requisitioned for the purpose.
BBMP’s Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta has obtained the required nod from the government. “The trial runs are on. Our teams are working on it. In another 3 days, maybe earlier, the number will be made available to provide Covid-19 related help,” Gupta told TheBengaluruLive.
On Monday, Gupta reviewed the Covid situation in all 198 wards, especially since Bengaluru has reported the highest number so far of 7, 584 cases, creating panic amongst citizens. Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar participated in the meeting through video conferencing and directed officials to expedite vaccinations.
Stress on CCCs
Gupta said Covid cases are on the rise in the city and action should be taken to set up Covid Care Centres as per the requirements at the zonal level. “Private hospitals have been directed to keep 50% of beds reserved to admit Covid patients. We are almost at the final stage of setting up a single helpline number 1912 to guide infected people or provide any kind of help related to Covid-19 on the phone,” he added.
Gupta also directed zonal joint commissioners to increase Covid testing and vaccinations, and to ensure that beds are made available for needy patients.
“Vaccination numbers should be increased. Pamphlets should be prepared and circulated amongst everyone so as to educate citizens about vaccination. Officials should also create awareness through autorickshaw-borne loudspeakers,” Gupta said.
IAS officer Tushar Giri Nath, Zonal Commissioners Manoj Jain, D Randeep, Tulasi Maddineni, Ravindra, Rajendra Cholan, Reddy Shankara Babu and S Basavaraj, and other officials participated in the meeting.