Covid-19: Revamped amenities, early screening assist Karnataka preserve numbers down

Covid-19: Revamped facilities, early screening help Karnataka keep numbers down

Written by Johnson TA | Bengaluru |

Published: April 28, 2020 4:41:17 am

A ‘Meat On Wheels’ service by native authorities in Hubbali to serve meat and eggs at managed charges throughout Ramzan. (PTI)

EARLY response, aggressive contact tracing plus quarantining and good medical infrastructure have helped Karnataka, that noticed the nation’s first dying resulting from coronavirus, preserve down its COVID-19 numbers. Once No. three within the nation, it’s now at No. 11 by way of tally.

On Monday, its numbers stood at 512 circumstances and 19 deaths. This contains 193 who’ve recovered, 294 who’re nonetheless in hospital isolation and 5 in ICU. While over 7,000 beds have been put aside for COVID-19 care in authorities and personal care amenities, solely 324 beds are occupied at current.

“We haven’t added numerous circumstances and the credit score goes to well being employees,” State Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey mentioned.

Health Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary Jawaid Akhtar mentioned they weren’t letting their guard drop. “Our preparedness by the use of infrastructure, supplies required and human assets is to deal with even the worst-case eventualities,” he mentioned.

As early as February 4, greater than a month earlier than the state obtained its first case, the Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare cited the WHO to declare coronavirus a public well being emergency, and kicked into movement its illness surveillance techniques throughout districts. The state’s system has been honed over the SARS outbreak in 2003, chicken flu and swine flu in 2009, MERS in 2011, and Zika and Nipah viruses just lately.

“The healthcare system in Kerala will get plenty of credit score however the system has labored fairly successfully in Karnataka as effectively. This is as a result of we started work very early. In early March we had been sending nurses each evening to the airport to display screen worldwide passengers,” mentioned Dr H D R Radhakrishna, the Superintendent of the 250-bed C V Raman General Hospital in east Bengaluru, which is now a COVID-19 quarantine facility.

The state’s first coronavirus affected person was an info expertise sector worker who had returned from the US and examined optimistic on March 8. Two days later, an aged man who had returned from Saudi Arabia succumbed, changing into the primary casualty as a result of virus within the nation.

Acting on the recommendation of consultants resembling cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, Dr R Ravindra of the Indian Medical Association and Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association, which cited the devastation being brought on by the illness in Europe, the BJP authorities within the state launched a partial shutdown on March 13, involving primarily curbs on massive gatherings.

With a medical infrastructure together with as many as 60 faculties, 200 B.Sc nursing institutes, revamped authorities hospitals, in addition to district and instructing hospitals in nearly all its 30 districts, Karnataka was well-equipped to deal with the emergency. As the circumstances began surfacing, Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru, a 100-year-old facility connected to the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, was transformed right into a 300-bed COVID-19 centre. The docs, nurses and workers instantly coping with sufferers on the hospital had been housed on the campus.

Dr Asima Bhanu, the nodal officer on the trauma care centre on the hospital, which at present has 42 sufferers, says, “We are like a household right here. We attempt to make sure that all of the wants of the sufferers are taken care of. While even biryani is being provided, there isn’t any one to essentially ask them what they need. We are attempting to do this.” A ‘Corona Conquerors’ WhatsApp group that features the sufferers helps them keep in contact.

Dr Balaji Pai, neurosurgery professor who’s the particular officer in-charge of the trauma centre, mentioned many of the sufferers on the hospital had been asymptomatic. “Only one or two sufferers are in ICU. Our position is confined to taking care of their requests and wishes.”

Dr Asha Benakappa, former director of the state-run Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health in Bengaluru, counseled the position of “younger docs, the residents and the fellows in instructing institutes, who’re shouldering a lot of the scientific work”.

The State-run Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases has the instance of the newly married Dr Arvind Ram, who lived out of his automobile for over a fortnight whereas on responsibility as a nodal officer for coronavirus sufferers. Dr Deepak U G, earlier in-charge of the sufferers in a month-to-month rotation system, despatched his household away to make sure they weren’t uncovered to the virus.

A authorities physician warned that the optimistic image hides the truth that whereas the state had targeted on instructing hospitals, it has ignored fundamental healthcare amenities like PHCs. “The last-mile connectivity within the healthcare system is missing, like in most locations in India,” says Dr Abhijit Bhograj. A free Sunday clinic his household runs on the outskirts of Bengaluru will get practically 1,500 folks on a mean, from rural areas of the state in addition to Andhra Pradesh. Pointing out that this exhibits the shortage of docs in these components, Dr Bhograj added, “For the primary time in 45 years, the clinic is shut resulting from coronavirus.”

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