Karnataka to bring law for mandatory home isolation of people aged above 60

*Strict legal action against private hospitals who refuse treatment for Covid patients : Dr.K Sudhakar*

Bengaluru -July 5 : Criminal cases will be registered against private hospitals that refuse treatment to covid patients, Minister Sudhakar said in a press conference here on Sunday at Vidhana Soudha.

Dr.Sudhakar who spoke to media after returning from his surprise visit to Jayanagar General Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Chest Hospial responded to the questions regarding private hospitals refusing to treat covid patients. No hospital should refuse to admit patients and if any hospital is found denying treatment criminal cases will be registered against them, Minister said.

Government has come up with 6 different systems for treatment of covid patients. Covid care centres, Government medical colleges, private medical college, government hospitals, corporate hospitals and home isolation with proper facilities & according to government guidelines, the Minister added.

Dr. Sudhakar gave the statistics of 4 metropolitan cities in the country which including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai & Bengaluru. Bengaluru’s and the mortality rate is the lowest at 1.46%. The aim is to increase testing by optimal utilisation of capacity especially in private labs. Once we increase testing, it is natural that the positive cases will also increase. So citizens need not panic due to this but should take all precautionary measures. He adviced to get tested in the nearest fever clinics as soon as any symptoms like cough, fever etc are found. Guidelines regarding the home isolation will be released soon, he said.

Highlights of the Press brief

  1. 400 ambulances to be deployed in Bengaluru, 2 each for every ward.
  2. ILI and SARI symptoms patients to consult the nearest fever clinics immediately.
  3. Government recommended patients at private hospitals will be provided with insurance under Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust.
  4. If private hospitals refuse to admit the patients, call 1912 helpine to get assistance.
  5. If admitted in Private hospital voluntarily the treatment cost will be borne by patients as per the rates fixed by government.
  6. Government has done 6.5 lakh covid swab testing free of cost.
  7. The cost of testing at private labs has been capped at Rs.2,200 as per test.
  8. Private hospitals had to allot 2,734 beds but only 116 beds have been provided. This is a bottleneck and will be addressed soon by Revenue Minister R Ashoka and CM’s political secretary Vishvanath who have been given in-charge of this.
  9. Will prioritize doing more swab testing in the coming days.
  10. Mortality rate in Bangalore is 1.55% and the government is trying to reduce it even more.
  11. PPE kits purchased is of international standardd approved by FDA an EMA.
  12. Diet chart has been prepared for patients and are getting excellent food.

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