Yediyurappa issues order to set up Covid-19 isolation centres for rural areas

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After a day of banning home isolation protocol for the rural areas, Karnataka government on Monday had told all the Deputy Commissioners and Zilla Panchayats to take the required steps to convert the schools, hostels, meeting and marriage halls in their areas into Covid-19 isolation centres, which facilitate the monitoring of the Covid-19 positive patients at the government centres. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa chaired a meeting with the concerned officials held via video conferencing where he took the decision.

He issued an order directing the officials that the government machinery will have to be prepared that the Covid-19 positive patients whether symptomatic or asymptomatic should be monitored in the government facilities and home isolation will not be permitted at any cost.

He said, “Apart from utilising facilities of Primary Health Centres, the authorities must also identify hostels, marriage halls and meeting halls and convert them into isolation centres, if need arises.”

Yediyurappa added the authorities concerned should be taking the required steps to increase the stock of sufficient quantities of medicine and other materials which are needed to be given to the isolated patients. Deputy Commissioners were also urged to regulate the oxygen stocks. He said, “The Deputy Commissioners must take steps to identify suitable places to set up triage centres, and temporary Covid care centres, besides, ensuring all those testing positive must be taken to isolation centres within two hours of the Covid test report is handed over to the patient.”

He further said the state government will be stocking up the medicines for three months and the Centre has ensured the state government with complete support for the same.

Regarding the precaution for black fungus, he further said, “This is not a new disease and doctors are aware of handling it. Therefore, it won’t be problem in tackling it. We are also taking steps to set-up treatment centres in all medical colleges as well as district hospitals in a phased manner.”

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