Karnataka govt hikes salaries of National Health Mission doctors to Rs 45,000

South India

The salaries of doctors under the National Health Mission (NHM) has been hiked to Rs 45,000 in Karnataka.


According to Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar, the state government will bear the cost of the hike in salaries of the doctors.

He added that ASHA workers too will get a hike in their pay soon.

Regarding the COVID-19 management in the state, he said that testing will be increased in the containment zones. 

During a meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, the Education Minister said that it had been decided that booth level committees will conduct door to door survey for early detection of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), and vulnerable persons.

He also implored private hospitals to admit and treat COVID-19 patients and asked them to not be hesitant in admitting pregnant women. 

The capital of Karnataka has recorded over 1,500 fresh cases on Monday. At least 3,648 people have tested positive for the virus in the state. The deadly virus has claimed 72 lives, taking the death toll in the state to 1,403. The active number of COVID-19 cases in the state have increased to 42,216.

 To contain the spread of the virus, the state government implemented a strict lockdown in Bengaluru on July 15. The restrictions will be effective till 5 am on July 22.

On Monday, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa today confirmed that the lockdown will not be extended. 

Meanwhile, the lockdown in Karnataka's Kalaburagi district has been extended till the midnight of July 27. 

According to an order issued by Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner, B Sharat, the decision to extend the lockdown was taken as the number of COVID-19 cases has not come down.

With inputs from Agency

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