Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike says private hospitals can add more session sites | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: With the Covid-19 vaccination drive for all above 45 years set to begin from Thursday, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) said it is ready to allow private hospitals to increase their number of session sites (physical space where vaccination is administered).
Until Thursday, only those above 60 years and those above 45 years with comorbidities were eligible to receive the vaccine.
During a virtual meeting with representatives from private hospitals on Wednesday, Rajendra Cholan, BBMP special commissioner (health), said, “If any hospital has more session sites, they can inform the concerned nodal officer. Once the officer alerts us in the group, we will make necessary arrangements.”
The move comes in the wake of requests from several hospitals to allow them to open more sites to reduce overcrowding.
Currently, there are 3,730 sites across Karnataka and more than 37 lakh people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. In Bengaluru, there are 535 institutions (including BBMP, government and private health facilities) and around 20,000 people are vaccinated every day.
Dr Giridhara R Babu, epidemiologist and member, Karnataka technical advisory committee, said, “It is not possible for only government facilities to vaccinate all potential beneficiaries. Private health facilities must chip in. It is very important that all those in the vulnerable age group, which is 45 years and above, get vaccinated in the next two to three months.”
When some representatives of private hospital suggested that the vaccination drive can be expedited by inoculating people in apartment complexes, old age homes and residential care facilities, outgoing BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad reiterated that the state government has not got approval from the Centre to allow the vaccine to be administered anywhere else except hospitals.
However, more vaccination centres can be added, Prasad said. He said he expected more people to turn up to get vaccinated from Thursday, pointing out that there are over 25 lakh people above 45 years of age in the city. The commissioner also exhorted healthcare and frontline workers to get vaccinated instead of dilly-dallying on the issue.
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K Sudhakar, minister for health and family welfare, appealed to healthcare workers to take the Covid-19 vaccine and motivate others to do so.
Following a review meeting of the pandemic situation in Dakshina Kannada district on Wednesday, he expressed displeasure over health workers’ response to the vaccine. About 20% of healthcare workers are yet to take the first dose and 40% the second dose.
“However, the response from other frontline warriors is impressive with 90% of them being jabbed,” Sudhakar said.
The minister also said the Punjalakatte primary health centre in Bantwal will be upgraded at a cost of Rs 6 crore.



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