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Bengaluru: Over 60% COVID mortality rate in patients reaching hospital three days after first symptoms
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Treatment protocols at hospitals are now tuned to consider all patients arriving with severe respiratory illness and influenza-like illness as COVID cases, as the state government pushes efforts to reduce the number of fatalities from that in July.

Bengaluru govt hospitals ready more ICU beds
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Across 19 government hospitals in Bengaluru, there are only 152 ICU beds, of which 99 are ventilator beds. Only nine ICU beds, six with ventilator, were vacant as of Monday evening, according to a centralised hospital bed database for the city.

Oppn warns Karnataka govt of agitation over changes to land, labour laws
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Congress leader Siddaramaiah said his party is considering going to court over amendments to the land reforms Act. “The BJP government has made amendments to land reforms Act and has brought an ordinance.

After HC prod, Karnataka guidelines on last rites focus on tradition, dignity
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The July 27 court order followed instances of dumping of such bodies in pits in Ballari and families being forced to deviate from cultural practices for conducting last rites.

July surge: 65% of the deceased hospitalised late in Bengaluru
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

The data also shows that all the patients who died within 24 hours of hospitalisation had been admitted in a state of breathlessness.

Bengaluru covid deaths: ‘We do it for free, only thing we ask people is to pray for us’
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

With Bengaluru witnessing a Covid-19 surge, social service initiatives like Mercy Angels are at the forefront of ensuring dignified funerals for the victims.

Bengaluru finally adopts tele-ICU program aimed at cutting Covid death rates
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The “Detroit Study'', a multi-hospital study published early July by US researchers, has shown that “treatment with hydroxyally, chloroquine alone and in combination with azithromycin reduces COVID-19 associated mortality'', the doctor in Bengaluru tells the Dharwad ICU.

Despite doubts about ‘low-end’ machines, Karnataka to deploy 640 PM Cares ventilators
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Faced with a rapidly escalating caseload, the state is staring at an acute shortage of high-end ventilators needed to assist patients with severe lung damage.

Staring at huge fight in Bengaluru, govt asks pvt hospitals to chip in more
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

Amid big shortage in ICU ventilator beds, doctors in private sector say govt needs to do more.

At top Bengaluru hospital, 97% corona patients on ventilator died
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

Since April, when the 100-year-old Victoria Hospital attached to the Bengaluru Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) was designated the city's first Covid-19 hospital, it has seen 91 deaths.

Some experts sceptical, Karnataka decides to use digital X-rays for diagnosis
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

X-rays have been used widely to assess lung conditions of front-line workers in the battle against the virus, such as policemen.

Karnataka gets 630 PM CARES ventilators, to check efficiency before use
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

An expert committee will evaluate the quality of the ICU ventilators supplied by the Central government’s procurement agency HLL Lifecare before these are deployed, a senior official in the Karnataka government said.

Karnataka considers roping in medical, nursing students in Bengaluru Covid fight
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

The state government has decided to appoint 2,000 students, who will take post-graduation exams on July 16, as senior residents as soon as they finish their exams.

Bengaluru battle: Amid spike, shortage of staff & ICU beds with ventilators
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

The government healthcare sector, private hospitals and medical colleges, together have only around 225 ICU beds with ventilators available for Covid-19 care, according to data available in public domain.

Amid chaos, Karnataka recalls order not to reveal Covid-19 test result
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

The bar on test reports being disclosed to patients was introduced after confirmed cases in Bengaluru rose, and a single-day high of 918 cases were reported on June 27, creating a surge in people trying to find hospital beds. It was intended to facilitate a centralised bed allocation system.

Karnataka nod for home isolation of asymptomatic patients
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

An expert panel had recommended home isolation as a means to ease pressure on hospitals and institutions on account of a spike in Covid-19 cases in cities like Bengaluru, since nearly 70 per cent of cases are asymptomatic.

Bengaluru bed crisis: Karnataka moves to set up app, helpline for hospital admission
Fri, Jul 03, 2020

According to sources, in-house experts of the state government are working on an app for health officials, who will be deployed at a call centre to guide patients to vacant beds in public and private facilities.

Govt ICUs full, beds short, Bengaluru battle against surge leaves ambulances stranded
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

Ambulances, often carrying multiple people, are waiting for hours outside hospitals as the latter demand paperwork regarding tests, which is not being made available to patients. 

Karnataka works on app to help patients find beds as cases rise in Bengaluru
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

The app will have backend verifications on an ICMR database of persons who test positive for Covid-19 each day and bed allocations will happen only after these checks, Moudgil said.

Karnataka aims to launch app to book hospital beds for covid-19 in Bengaluru
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

The app will verify the list with the ICMR database of persons who test positive for the Covid 19 each day and the bed allocations will happen only for those who test positive

Covid effect on heart, AI use in treatment among research proposals in Karnataka
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

The proposals have been received from faculty members at the institutions affiliated to the university, including medical colleges attached to the main Covid-19 facilities in the state.

Partial lockdown of Bengaluru on cards as Covid cases rise
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

The doubling rate of the infection in Bengaluru is eight days, as against 18 days for Karnataka and 19 for the country.

Garment units reopen in Bengaluru, but it is still a slow restart
Wed, Jun 24, 2020

The garment industry which employs nearly 3.5 lakh people — mostly women — in over 1,200 units at industrial estates around the city of Bengaluru has resumed operations.

Karnataka begins 2-layered hospitalisation system for Covid-19 patients
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

With coronavirus cases increasing and major government hospitals designated for Covid-19 patients unable to accommodate fresh cases, the Karnataka government has introduced a new two-layer hospitalisation system. This includes shifting asymptomatic patients to special care centres instead of hospitals, and involving private hospitals to care for patients with moderate risk at prices fixed by the […]

Why Bengaluru Covid-19 count is least among big cities
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Bengaluru Covid-19 update: Epidemiologists say central to Bengaluru's Covid-19 control programme has been its continuing practice of quarantining positive cases and identifying contacts within 24 hours of a positive test result.

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