Mangaluru: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a review meeting at Netravathi Hall, Zilla Panchayat on Thursday August 12 to take stolk of the covid situation in the district.
Speaking at the meeting Health Minister Dr K. Sudhakar expressed his unhappiness over the fact that Covid positive patients in the district were not admitted to covid care centres. Why covid positive patients are home isolated, he questioned the Deputy Commissioner Dr. Rajendra K.V. He made his displeasure apparent stating that during the last wave too the covid patients were at home only in the district. He instructed the DC to admit them to covid care centre as soon as possible. However, CM Bommai intervened and said that first upgradation of facilities at the covid care centres need to happen, and also provision of oxygen concentrators and ventilators needs to be made at every covid care centres and also increase the testing around the areas where there are more Covid positive patients. Post this, take a doctor’s team and then depending on patients’ symptoms, convince them to get admitted to covid care centres, he added.
The Covid positivity rate has been on the rise in the border areas of Dakshina Kannada district in the past few days, observed CM Bommai and added that hence the State Government will take all the necessary measures to control Coronavirus in the district with supply of vaccine being its first priority.
The vaccination to people residing in the areas at the border and at a distance of 10 km from bordering taluks and villages will be prioritised. Further, the vaccine which is now at 60 to 65 lakh in supply would be increased to 1 or 1.5 crore after due discussion with the Centre, he added and stressed that to control Covid triaging is very important and within 21 hours triaging needs to be done, he stressed.
At the meeting, MLC Bhojegowda alleged that the covid care centre in the district has shortage of staff. Only 120 members are manning 36 covid centers in the district. This also discourages people from coming to the covid care centres. Replying to Gowda, CM said that he has come prepared and will provide solution to this problem on the spot. Further, CM ordered officials to go for home isolation only after looking into the scientific aspect of the same. Try and convince covid patients through the doctors, he stressed.
Advising the officials, CM Bommai said, ground level review needs to be done on the aspect at village and taluk level. Do a checkup on people who are home isolated, twice a day. Take special care to notice the environment they are in, he said and asked the officials to work in a way that the covid situation is at its peak, so that there will soon be no need for lockdown.
Mangaluru MLA U.T Khader said that the District Administration is asking people to admit themselves into covid care centres, however practically this is not possible. Stating that people are fearful of covid care centres, comparing it to jail, he said people are coming forward to testing due to home solation rule. Replying to Khader, CM advised him to take things positively and come out of negative mindset. We are asking people to admit to covid care centre in the beginning itself, so that there will be no lockdown kind of a situation. We are very well aware that people will be hit if the lockdown is imposed, and hence the deliberation, he added.
At the meet, CM Bommai virtually launched works of Jalasiri – Karnataka Integrated Water Management Investment Programme (KIWMIP) by KUIDFC under ADB that will commence 24×7 water distribution system in the City.
Apart from ministers, S. Angara, Kota Srinivas Poojary, Sunil Kumar and BJP State President Nalin Kumar Kateel were present.
Earlier, when CM landed at the airport, he was accorded welcome with full guard of honour. However, CM now has instructed the Police Department not give him a guard of honour at public places as it will be of inconvenience to the people.
Speaking to the media persons at the Circuit house, CM Bommai reacting to the issue of disgruntlement in Mudigere MLA M.P. Kumaraswamy said, “I have already spoken to him and he has appraised me about his problem. However, I will once again discuss the issue on Friday August 13, once I reach Bengaluru. Further I will also take decision on releasing the grants to his constituency.” He also said that he had spoken to Devadurga MLA Shivanagowda Nayak who is unhappy over an issue. He is a four-time MLA and I am aware about him, he added. Talking about environment Minister Anand Singh, he maintained that he will deliberate on issues brought to his notice by Anand Singh.