Covid-19: Medical students may be roped in for treatment in Karnataka | Bengaluru News – Times of India
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BENGALURU: Heeding health experts’ suggestion, the state government on Saturday decided to utilise the services of final-year medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy students to treat Covid-19 patients.
Dr Devi Shetty, cardiac surgeon and chairman and founder, Narayana Health, warned that the next big shortage the country would face is that of doctors, nurses and frontline workers. “Based on data from the first Covid wave, positivity rate should remain at 25-30% for 3-4 months. Every day over 3 lakh people are testing positive. Statistically, for every positive patient, there will be at least five more patients who are positive but not tested,” he said.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa had convened a meeting of heads of private hospitals to elicit their opinion on how to manage the pandemic. The meeting decided to increase the incentives being given to doctors and other staff on Covid-19 duty besides bearing the expense of their treatment in case they are infected.
Other decisions included setting up an expert panel to suggest ways to face the possible third wave of Covid-19, convert hotels near private hospitals as step-down hospitals with oxygenated beds, convert beds with centralised oxygen supply system as ICU beds, convert beds in medical college hostels as oxygenated beds.