The number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka is expected to increase by August-end and the state government is preparing for a worst-case scenario, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Friday.
He stressed that as the monsoon has set in, elderly persons with ILI and SARI symptoms should get themselves tested without delay.
There are more than 3, 000 active cases in the state and more than 97% of them are asymptomatic, he noted.
The minister was addressing a press conference after a review meeting at the Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences here.
District in-charge Minister Anand Singh and MLA Somashekhar Reddy were present on the occasion.
Referring to a stay order on recruitment of staff at VIMS, the minister noted that the hospital treats more than 3,500 patients daily and needs more Ayushman Bharat funds.
Trauma care centre
Dr.Sudhakar said the new Rs 150-crore trauma care centre at VIMS will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister on July 15 and urged the hospital management to complete pending work on the centre.
He instructed Director of Medical Education Dr. Girish to ensure an adequate supply of medicines to the hospital. On the issue of VIMS doctors working in private clinics, the minister said strict action would be taken in such cases.