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Karnataka to mandate home isolation of asymptomatics above 60 years

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Private hospitals refusing Covid treatment will be prosecuted: Minister

BENGALURU:

In what is seen as a move to ease the pressure on the state’s health infrastructure at a time when Covid cases are surging, the government plans to make home isolation of asymptomatic patients above 60 years mandatory. In addition, criminal cases will be registered against private hospitals that refuse treatment to Covid patients, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Sunday.

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Addressing a presser at Vidhana Soudha after a surprise visit to Jayanagar General Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Chest Hospital, he said no hospital can refuse to admit patients and in any such case, a criminal case will be registered.

Dr Sudhakar said the government had rationalized treatment under 6 heads — Covid Care Centres, government medical colleges, private medical colleges, government hospitals, corporate hospitals and home isolation according to guidelines.

Listing figures from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru, he said Bengaluru’s mortality rate is the lowest at 1.46%. “Once we increase testing, it is natural that positive cases will also increase. Citizens need not panic due to this, but should take all precautionary measures,” the minister said.

Other points by the minister

  1. 400 ambulances to be deployed in Bengaluru — 2 for every ward.
  2. ILI and SARI patients to consult the nearest fever clinics immediately.
  3. Government-recommended patients at private hospitals will be provided with insurance cover under Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust.
  4. If private hospitals refuse to admit the patients, call 1912 helpine for assistance.
  5. If admitted in private hospital voluntarily, the treatment cost will be borne by patients as per the rates fixed by the government.
  6. The government has done 6.5 lakh Covid swab tests free of cost.
  7. The cost of testing at private labs has been capped at Rs. 2,200 per test.
  8. Private hospitals have allotted 116 beds so far, and the remaining 2,734 beds are to follow. The issue will be addressed by Revenue Minister R Ashoka and the CM’s political secretary Vishvanath.
  9. The government will prioritize more swab tests in the coming days.
  10. PPE kits purchased are of international standards and approved by FDA and EMA.
  11. A diet chart has been prepared for Covid patients and they are getting ‘excellent’ food.
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