*Corporate partnership in Health Sector for Comprehensive development: Health n Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*

*Corporate partnership in Health Sector for Comprehensive development: Health n Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*

*Corporate partnership in Health Sector for Comprehensive development: Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*

*Improved measures in Health sector for a better future*

*Bengaluru – March 17, 2021* – Government is planning to involve Corporates in health sector to bring in a comprehensive progress, says Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar. he was speaking during the welcome event to onboard Smt Geetanjali Kirloskar as Head of CSR committee under Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education Department. CM B.S.Yediyurappa chaired the event.

We are involving Corporates in health sector during the Covid times, this will help in enhancing public health care and overall development of health services. Lot of companies are involving in this programme. About Rs.4-5 thousand crore were being spent under this programme during 2014-15. But now it is doubled which has enhanced social activities, said the Minister.

Corporates should come forward to develop PHCs. We have requested them to upgrade the existing ones. Smt Geetanjali Kirloskar's vast experience as entrepreneur and philanthropist will help the state to leverage CSR initiatives for upgrading PHCs, he added.

Many corporates have involved in social work. Union government has made policy changes to spend 25% of CSR funding in health sector. There is a need to develop PHCs and CHCs. Corporates can spend the amount for other than health like cleanliness etc. at present there is a need to collaborate with CSR, said Dr.Sudhakar.

We have 2500 PHCs in the state and huge funds have to be mobilised for upgrading these PHCs. 40% IT companies are there in Karnataka. Other companies are also there. The committee will have dialogue with these companies to yield better result, said the Minister.

*Prime Minister VC*

Measures taken by the state government to contain Covid -19 in the state has been explained to the Prime Minister during his VC with CMs of all the states. Total 9.61 lakh cases have been reported in the state and 12,000 people have dies due to Covid.

The pandemic was at peak during August 2020 – October 2020. There after the number of cases have been reduced. Number of cases are increased during last 10 days. More number of cases reported in Bengaluru and bordering districts of Maharashtra and Kerala, he said.

*Points made by the Minister on measures taken after meeting with officials and Experts on March 15*

• Awareness programme to be increased.
• Officials are instructed to take strict measures to restrict gatherings. Masks are made mandatory.
• More number of beds will be reserved for Covid patients.
• 3 Covid care centres will be set up in Bengaluru. Vaccination will be increased in 3500 vaccination centres.
• Target to vaccinate 3 lakh people/day. Permisssion has been sought to conduct vaccination at apartments and other areas. 
• Appropriate steps to implement strict guidelines, ambulance and other facilities will also be provided at these places. 
• Will take appropriate action according to the situation