BBMP shuts most Covid centres as cases plunge | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The BBMP has decided to shut down Covid Care Centres (CCCs) but won’t dismantle them so that they are available for use if the city witnesses a spike in the number of cases later.
The BBMP had 28 Covid Care Centres and 60 triaging centres and these have been brought down to eight CCCs and 16 triaging centres.

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BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta said, “The positivity rate in the city is less than 1%. Our focus is on how to ensure the positivity doesn’t increase even as we’re trying to bring it further down.” At the peak of the second wave, BBMP had acquired 13,200 beds from private and government facilities and now the civic body has only 5,000 beds. The Palike is considering bringing down this number as well.
In addition to this, the Palike will take the help of local community leaders to persuade people to get vaccinated. Although BBMP has been administering more than 70,000 vaccines every day for the past few days, there has been talk about people from certain wards not wanting to take the vaccine.
Gupta said, “There are various reasons for people wanting to take the vaccine. We can take the help of local community leaders to convince them.” He added: “We have started a door-to-door survey that will help us understand the number of people eligible for vaccination and the number of people who have taken it. Once we understand who hasn’t taken the vaccine, we can understand their reasons better. One of the reasons is that people are able to go easily to the vaccination centre.”
BBMP has completed 60% of this survey, Gupta said. He added that the Palike is conducting vaccine drives in colleges for students. “About 53% of the eligible have taken the first dose,” he added.
Asked about the number of Covid cases and whether Covid-appropriate behaviour is being followed in the city, he said, “We have redeployed marshals across the city. We believe that by now, citizens have understood the importance of wearing a mark and adhering to Covid norms.”
The marshals have been divided into 54 groups for deployment at crowded places such as malls, markets and busy streets.
Meanwhile, in Mysuru, Covid-19 facilities are being maintained, including government quota beds in private hospitals. CCCs are also being continued. Deputy commissioner Bagadi Gautham said, “The district administration will wait for a few days. For the time being existing arrangements will continue.”
Meanwhile, elective surgeries have resumed in most of the hospitals. “In KR Hospital, we wanted to start surgeries and other procedures 15 days ago. As our specialists are serving in the Covid-19 hospital, this was delayed. We’ll start all services in a day or two. All emergency services and surgeries are available,” said Dr Nanjaraj CP, dean and director, Mysuru Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Institute.
The Dakshina Kannada district health office had opened 2,000 bed facilities at 35 places, mostly at backward community hostels, university hostels and ESI hospital. District health officer Dr Kishore Kumar M said they will not dismantle the infrastructure now, since the district administration is following a waitand-watch policy. As of now, only 97 of the 2,000 beds in various parts of the district are occupied.
(With inputs by Stanly Pinto and

Shrinivas M)

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