In view of the detection of Covid-19 cases in some parts of the country, Karnataka has taken all precautionary steps to contain the spread of the virus in the state, according to Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar.
He made the announcement while chairing a high-level meeting on Wednesday afternoon on the precautionary measures, including establishing quarantine Facilities, extending medical facilities in government, private and defence hospitals, connecting officers for inter-departmental coordination for containment activities, taking military and para-military support, and support from medical associations and private hospitals.
BSF, IAF WARDS READY
As per the directions of the Government of India, the Border Security Force at Yelahanka is ready with three barracks of 100 beds each to extend quarantine facilities for 300 individuals in case of an emergency. The Department of Health and Family Welfare has already chalked out a plan to deploy the required doctors 24×7, and the State Drug Controller has been asked to provide necessary facial masks, hand gloves and personal protection equipment, besides the required medicines.
The Indian Air Force at Bengaluru has established a 20-bed isolation ward at Command Hospital. The Coast Guard at Karwar and the Army at Belagavi are also on high alert to swung into action and establish quarantine facilities in case of any eventuality.
The Chief Secretary, via a video conference with Deputy Commissioners and District Magistrates, asked them to earmark isolation wards in all hospitals. He directed them to monitor places of mass gatherings like airports, bus stations, ports, railway stations, malls and multiplexes, which are exposed to risk and where there is chance of local transmission of the