Private Hospitals 50% beds reserved for Covid patients: Health & Medical Education Minister
| Monday | 12th April, 2021
Patients without symptoms and with mild symptoms will be isolated in hotels and Covid care centers. Only patients with severe conditions will be treated in hospitals, he said.
Private hospitals have been asked to reserve 50% beds for Covid patients as it was done during the first wave, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar. He was speaking to the media in Bengaluru after a video conference with the Private Hospitals and Nursing Home Association (PHANA).
The minister said that private hospitals have been advised to vacate beds occupied by non-Covid patients who don`t require hospitalization and reserve the same for Covid patients. Private hospitals have agreed to reserve 50 percent beds for covid patients within a week.
"Drugs companies have stopped production of Remdesivir. We need this drug. Private hospitals have complained that the medicine is not available in the market. We will discuss the issue with the drug controller and supply the medicine to private hospitals at government rates", said Dr. Sudhakar. "We have taken measures to ensure sufficient quantity of ventilators and oxygen. If required industrial oxygen will be utilized", he added.
"Technical advisory committee has evaluated the situation for next two months and advised on the necessary steps to be taken. The experience acquired in the last year will help us to fight the Second wave. Government is very well aware that people are suffering due to the economic slowdown. There is no consideration of lockdown as of now", the minister said.
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