Strict action will be taken against hospitals which try to exploit people – Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar
Bengaluru – June 15, 2020 : Only goverment hospitals were utilized for treatment covid19 patients till now and going forward private hospitals will also be utilised to trate covid patients, Medical Education Minitser Dr.Sudhakar said. He also warned that strict action against private hospitals who refuse to admit corona patients.
Minister was speaking after attending the meeting convened by CM BSY to review the situation as cases are increasing in Bengaluru. Responding to media on the procurement of PPE kits minister assured that only MDA and CE aproved PPE kits are being purchased and people need not worry about quality of PPE kits. Minister said that he is personally visiting all districts and monitoring the situation.
Decision will be soon made on roping in private hospitals to treat covid19 patients and the cost of testing and treatment will be fixed by government, the Minister said. Dr.Sudhakar also warned that strict action will be taken against hospitals who try exploit people by charging exorbitant prices. Private sector sector has to join hands with Government in this battle against pandemic, minister appealed.
Insurance facility for COVID19 treatment
Minister said that he will soon discuss with Union Health Ministry to bring COVID treatment under ABARK. This will help including covid treatment under health insurance and people can utilise insurance to get treated in private hospitals.
According to WHO wearing masks can reduce the spread of infection by 90%. Hence everyone must wear mask mandatorily, Minister urged. Guidelines issued by government should be followed and all it is applicable to all public gatherings including marriages, Dr.Sudhakar said.
Role of Media
Minister requested the media to raise awareness among public though facts and help them to overocme the anxiety and fear about virus. Bengaluru has about 607 cumulative cases so far and 330 among them are still active. Only 6 of them are in ICU and 93% of them are asymptomatic. Corona is not as dangerous and SARS and mortality rate in the state is just 1.2% while it is 2.8% for whole India. Except the fact that corona is spreading fast it is not as dangerous as past viruses. For example mortality rate in SARS is 10%. So media should create awareness among public with these facts and figures rather than creating panic, Minister said.
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