Updated: May 16, 2021 6:12:10 am
A ministerial task force set up to deal with Covid-19 in Karnataka has recommended making institutional quarantine mandatory for those testing positive in the rural areas and urban slums as part of efforts to stop the Covid-19 spread beyond Bengaluru.
A meeting of the task force, headed by deputy chief minister C N Ashwathnarayan, on Saturday made the decision. “In rural areas Covid Care Centers will be established at the primary healthcare centre level. Arrangements for isolation and treatment shall be made in places such as hostels. The district commissioners will be entrusted with this responsibility,” Ashwathnarayan said.
Covid 19 infections in Karnataka have remained in the 40,000 range for several weeks now despite the numbers in Bengaluru, the epicentre, dipping from the 20,000 range to around 15,000 in recent days — suggesting that the virus is spreading in other districts of the state.
The task force on Saturday also approved an allocation of Rs 843 crore for procuring two crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines through a global tender. “Earlier, we had decided on one tender for supply of the entire two crore doses, but we have now decided to split it into four tenders for supply of 50 lakh doses each,” the deputy chief minister said.
The state government has said that it has obtained clearances from the Union health ministry to procure vaccines approved by the US FDA, WHO and other recognised agencies through a global tender.
Among other key decisions, the task force on Saturday decided that the state health department must take over hospitals that are currently managed by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). “The task force took an important decision to review bifurcation of the health management system in Bengaluru from the BBMP and to move it to the health and family welfare department,” Ashwathnarayan said.
“A committee will be constituted to look into this and will be asked to submit a study report in the next meeting of the task force,” he said. The deputy CM also said that a 100 bed secondary hospital will be set up in each Assembly constituency of Bengaluru and one tertiary care hospital for every four constituencies in the city.
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