Strict action against private hospitals for refusing to treat COVID-19 patients: Karnataka Medical Education Minister

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Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Sunday said that criminal cases will be registered against private hospitals that refuse treatment to COVID-19 patients.

 

Addressing a press conference at Vidhana Soudha, he said: 

"No hospital should refuse to admit patients and if any hospital is found denying treatment criminal cases will be registered against them."

"If private hospitals refuse to admit the patients, call 1912 helpline to get assistance. If admitted in Private hospital voluntarily the treatment cost will be borne by patients as per the rates fixed by the government," Sudhakar said.

He said that the government recommended patients at private hospitals will be provided with insurance under Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust.

"The government has come up with 6 different systems for treatment of COVID-19 patients. COVID care centres, government medical colleges, private medical college, government hospitals, corporate hospitals and home isolation with proper facilities and according to government guidelines," the minister added.

Dr Sudhakar gave the statistics of 4 metropolitan cities in the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.

"Bengaluru's and the mortality rate is the lowest at 1.46%. The aim is to increase testing by optimal utilisation of capacity especially in private labs. Once we increase testing, it is natural that the positive cases will also increase," he said.

"So citizens need not panic due to this but should take all precautionary measures. He advised to get tested in the nearest fever clinics as soon as any symptoms like cough, fever etc are found. Guidelines regarding the home isolation will be released soon," the minister said.

He announced that 400 ambulances will be deployed in Bengaluru and 2 each for every ward.

The minister also promised that Covid-19 test results would be provided within 24 hours. The remark came after some people complained of the inordinate delay in providing test results.

Karnataka for the third consecutive day saw another record spurt in cases with 1,925 new people being infected with Covid-19, taking the total tally to 23,474.

The state also recorded 372 deaths and 9,847 people being discharged after successful treatment. 

State capital Bengaluru alone accounted for 1,235 of the new cases on Sunday. With this, Bengaluru accounts for more than 60 per  ent of the state’s 13,251 active cases.

 

With inputs from Agency

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