Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan has proposed setting up a high-level committee to probe the reasons for the surge in Covid deaths in the city.
He was speaking to the media after a meeting with BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad on Tuesday.
“The committee must find out the reasons for the increase in the number of deaths — were there delays or lapses in treatment? Based on the findings, we should aim at bringing down the death rate to zero,” he said.
“We must constantly monitor treatment at both private and government hospitals,” he added.
The DCM stressed the need for a real-time update of availability of beds in different hospitals, the number of patients on ventilators, how many patients got cured and have been discharged, etc. He directed the BBMP Commissioner to ensure that these details are available online for the public.
“Some hospitals are not giving correct details on the availability of beds. Legal action should be initiated against such hospitals,” he said.
“With the shortage of Asha workers in the city, there is an immediate need for appointing more workers. In addition, steps must be taken to appoint doctors for Primary Health Centres,” the DCM said.
He also suggested extending the Covid allowance to ANM (auxiliary nurse midwife) workers, in addition to increasing their wages.
He insisted on compulsory tests for SARI/ILI cases, and directed officials to increase the number of daily tests.