*Government prepared to mitigate second wave of Covid-19: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*

*Government prepared to mitigate second wave of Covid-19: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*
   

*Government prepared to mitigate second wave of Covid-19: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*

*All eligible should get vaccinated*

*Government to hold discussion with private hospitals*

*Bengaluru, March 18, Thursday*

Government is prepared to prevent and mitigate the possible second wave of Covid-19 and in the next 50 days doctors, healthcare workers and officials are set to work in mission mode, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.

In the wake of uptick in Covid-19 cases Minister chaired a meeting with senior officials and heads of key government hospitals to discuss about the course of action. Speaking to the media after the meeting minister emphasised on vaccine coverage. Few days back nearly 2.5 lakh inoculations were done in a single day. So it is possible to ramp up coverage and target has been set to vaccinate 3 lakh people per day. If we vaccinate senior citizens and people above 45 years with comorbidities we can mitigate the second wave, said minister.

200 ambulances have been deployed in Bengaluru to ensure that there is no inadequacy of ambulances during emergency. War room will start operating as it was during last year and government will monitor the situation using real-time data. Decision has been made to recruit resident doctors and paramedical staff on temporary basis, he added.

Govt will hold first round of discussion with private hospitals in this week to reserve beds for treatment of Covid-19 patients. If the infection spreads more we will rope in private hospitals to ensure sufficient availability of beds. The heads of respective institutions will be held accountable for any lapse, said Minister.

There was lack of information and awareness when the pandemic hit us last year. Yet, we were successful in controlling the pandemic.  We are now anticipating a possible second wave and preparing to fight it. We also have the advantage of vaccine now which we didn't have last year. People should follow precautions and should not let the guard down, said Dr.K.Sudhakar.

*Covid Care Center*

A 1000 bed Covid Care Centre is being readied in Bengaluru which will be operation by Monday, said minister. I have instructed the officials to ensure that vaccine is not wasted and I will personally monitor it on a daily basis, he added.