Among steps to fight third Covid wave, 10,000 medical and nursing students to help with triaging: Karnataka Minister
As part of preparations to manage the ongoing third Covid wave in the best possible manner, the Karnataka government is mulling issuing ‘green passes’ to people who have been fully (with two doses) vaccinated, Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Friday.
Speaking to the media after chairing a high-level meeting at Vidhana Soudha, Sudhakar said responsibilities have been allocated to officials and instructions have been given to ensure coordination between departments. “The experience of the last two waves will help us anticipate and plan accordingly,” he said.
‘Low vaccinations globally’
According to WHO, Omicron is the fastest speeding variant but is not as severe as the earlier Delta variant. Hence, those who are fully vaccinated may not get a severe infection, the Minister felt.
Sharing global statistics, the Minister said more than 29 crore people are currently infected worldwide. From December 27 to January 2, infections have increased by 79%. About 109 countries have not vaccinated even 70%, and 36 countries have not vaccinated even 10% of their populations, while 80% of cases in ICUs are not vaccinated. Pointing out that WHO has requested India to export vaccines to other countries, the Minister said, “No country is safe until every country is safe.”
‘Karnataka, India do better’
Closer home, more than 99% people in Karnataka have been vaccinated with the first dose, and 80% with two doses. India has achieved another milestone by crossing 150 crore doses. Both statistics are a testimony to the Centre’s and state government’s good work.
Other points by Minister
- Strict surveillance of travellers from other countries and Indian states at railway stations, bus stations and airports.
- Mandatory physical or tele-triaging of infected cases to assess requirement of hospitalization. 10,000 medical and nursing students to be roped in for this work.
- Uniform treatment protocol, discharge policy and quarantine guidelines to be released.