Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala today directed the Government to take stringent measures to contain COVID 19 pandemic in the state.
Today he chaired a virtual all party meeting about the situation due to second wave of COVID 19 in the State. In his address he directed the Government to give equal priority to prevention along with providing treatment facilities to the infected. He advised to give importance to Healthy Karnataka and to take necessary steps based on the advices from technical advisory committee.
In his address, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said that Government would take further steps considering the directions of Hon’ble Governor and the leaders of the opposition and all parties.
He apprised about the steps taken for COVID management and to set right the lapses. He said that continuous efforts are made to ensure proper treatment, medicines, ventilators, ICUs to the infected.
During the last one year, infrastructure development in Government hospital was taken up on priority and as a result, there is 12 percent increase in beds and the number of oxygenated beds has increased manifolds with 29667 beds.
Order has been issued to reserve 50 per cent beds in private hospitals for COVID 19 patients and there is no shortage of Remdisivir vials, he said.
Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman Basavaraja Horatti, opined that Government should conduct SSLC and PUC exams and the elected representatives should be role models to others in following Government guidelines.
Speaker of Legislative Assembly Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri, said that elected representatives and the citizens should behave responsibly. He suggested to follow the advices of AYUSH department to take preventive measures.
Leaders of Opposition in both houses, Siddaramaiah and S.R. Patil, KPCC president D.K. Shivakumar, Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, JDS state president H.K. Kumaraswamy, H.D. Revanna, State BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel expressed their views on COVID management and made following suggestions:
- To implement the recommendations of Technical Advisory Committee
- Ensure easy availability of treatment facilities and medicines in Hospitals
- To take stringent action against hospitals that deny treatment.
- To ensure availability of medicines, oxygen, ventilators
- Uniform guidelines to be issued for payment of bills to Private hospitals.
Health Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar made a presentation about the steps taken in the State for COVID management.
Members of the Cabinet, Chief Secretary P. Ravikumar and other senior officers of the Government were present.
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