*Private Hospitals to reserve 50% beds for Covid patients; Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*
*Health Minister holds discussion with private hospitals and nursing homes*
*Bengaluru – April 12, 2021*: Private hospitals have been asked to reserve 50% beds for Covid patients as it was done during the first wave, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar. He was speaking to the media here after video conference with the Private Hospitals and Nursing Home Association (PHANA).
Minister said that private hospitals have been advised to vacate beds occupied by non-Covid patients who doesn’t require hospitalisation and reserve the same for Covid patients. Private hospitals have agreed to reserve 50% beds for covid patients within a week. Patients without symptoms and with mild symptoms will be isolated in hotels and Covid care centres. Only patients with severe conditions will be treated in hospitals said the Minister.
Drugs companies have stopped production of Remdesivir. We need this drug. Private hospitals have complained that the medicine is not available in the market. We will discuss the issue with drug controller and supply the medicine to private hospitals at government rates, said Dr.Sudhakar. we have taken measures to ensure sufficient quantity of ventilators and oxygen. If required industrial oxygen will be utilized, he added.
Technical advisory committee has evaluated the situation for next two months and advised on the necessary steps to be taken. Experience acquired in last one year will help us to fight Second wave. Government is very well aware that people are suffering due to economic slowdown. There is no consideration of lockdown as of now, said the Minister.
Staff who have committed blunders in Covid testing have been suspended. Good work done by the government should not be overlooked due to this one reason. We have done 2.2 crore covid tests out of which 85% are RT-PCR, he said. People should cooperate in controlling the pandemic. We have not said that lock down will be imposed. But we are appealing to the public not to make lock down inevitable. Said the Minister.
*Covid-Bevu (Neem) Vaccine – Bella (Jaggery)*
Ugadi marks the beginning of new year as per Indian tradition. We celebrate it by having neem and jaggery symbolising good and bad, joy and sorrow of life. This Ugadi, vaccine is the ‘Bella’ for defeating Covid which is ‘Bevu’. Everyone should take the Bella (Vaccination) and help in controlling Covid, he said.