Key Highlights of today’s media briefing by Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar
Criminal charges against Appollo Jayanagar and Vikram Hospitals for denying admission; OPD shut for 2 days
1419 nurses, 506 lab technicians, 916 pharmacists and D-group positions to be filled
D group workers in Health and Medical Education Department to get Rs.10000 risk allownce for 6 months
- Group D workers in Health Department, Medical Education Minister who are working in covid hopsitals, covid care centres, swab collection centres, fever clinics will be given risk allowance of Rs.10,000 for next six months along with salary.
- Corona warriors are no less than Gods. During the churning of ocean for nectar when posion came out Lord Shiva swallowed that poison to save mankind and became Vishakantha or Nanjundeshwara. Today our corona warriors be it doctors, nurses, healtcare workers, pourakarmikas, ambuoance drivers are like Nanjundeshwara who are doing self-less service putting their own lives at risk. A big salute to all our corona warriors. Minister appealed people to cooperate with corona warriors when they visit homes for door to door survey.
- Despite many rounds of meetings with private hospitals to join hands with government in treatment of covid patients, few hospitals continue to refuse admission. Two private hospitals Apollo Jayanagar and Vikram Hospital have been served notice and OPD is ordered to be shut for 2 days as per Disaster Management Act and KPME Act.
- Some private hospitals are charging more than capped price for patients visiting on their own. Strict action will be taken agaist such hopsitals including criminal charge. Private hospitals need to respect law and should refrain from exploiting people by charging exorbitant prices.
- Minister had meeting with private medical colleges for more than 2 hours 30 minutes with managements of 25 medical collges who have not established covid testing labs yet. These private medical colleges have assured to start lab within 10 days. Notice has been issued to 2 private medical colleges – SDUMC, Kolar and Siddartha Medical College, Tumkur. Going forward minimum 500 tests will be conducted per day in each lab.
- Three hospitals – Saptagiri Hospital, BGS Hospital and Dr.Ambedkar Hopsital have not reserved their quota of beds. They will provide beds in next 2-3 days.
- There are about 10,000 beds in private medical colleges out of which 4500 beda will be reserved for covid patients. 2200 beds have been already provided and remaining 2300 beds will be provided in nexxt 2-3 days.
- A dashboard has been created where public can view realtime data about availabilty of beds in hopsitals in Bengaluru.
- People who have given swab sample for testing and have not received report but develop severe symptoms in mean time will be allocated bed through 108 ambulance despite test report.
- 1419 nurses, 506 lab technicians, 916 pharmacists and D-group positions are vacant. Powers have been given to DCs to appoint them on contract basis or sub-contract basis for 6 months or until recritiment is made.
Rs.25,000 for nurses, Rs.20,000 for lab technicians and pharmacists and existing pay scale for D group workers.
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