Stadiums may be made quarantine centres: Minister
Taking a note of the increase in corona cases in Bengaluru, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakhar asked people with symptoms of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) to immediately undergo an examination at nearby hospitals.
Addressing a news conference here on Thursday, the minister said 50 per cent of the 500-plus active cases have been discharged after recovery. Of the remaining 50 per cent, 97 per cent are asymptomatic and only three per cent are being given specialised treatment.
Dr Sudhakhar said most people come to hospitals in a serious condition and it is not possible to give them effective treatment at that stage. People above 60 and having ILI symptoms must be taken to fever clinics without any delay. “There is a proposal to convert big stadiums in the city into quarantine centres”, he added.
Dr Sudhakhar said 800 teams had been constituted by the BBMP to identify those with ILI symptoms and to arrange treatment for them. The job of team members was to visit every house in the BBMP limits. This required the cooperation of citizens.
On the increase in the number of containment zones in the state capital, Dr Sudhakhar said the definition of containment zones had changed. Hitherto, the entire ward or a one-km area was declared a containment zone. Now, only the house of the infected person is considered a containment area. According to him, 60 ‘containment’ wards was not a big number for the 1.2 crore population of Bengaluru.
Replying to a question, the minister said in the wake of an increase in the number of non-Covid patients, the government-run Bowring Hospital would now treat non-Covid cases too.