Remember those dreaded Covid Care Centres (CCCs)? They could be coming back
With the rise in covid cases, the Bruhat Bengaluru Maganagara Palike is planning to re-open covid care centres (CCC). BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has instructed his staff to keep one CCC ready for use if required. During the first wave of the pandemic last year, all covid patients were shifted either to CCCs or hospitals, based on the severity of their infections. However, increasingly as more patients preferred home isolation, the CCCs were gradually shut down. Now, with the new wave of covid infections, the BBMP is thinking of keeping a few CCCs on standby.
Cinema halls under watch
After wedding halls, Palike’s Marshals will focus on cinema halls. BBMP officials and health experts held an action plan meeting on Friday to enforce Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) strictly in Bengaluru. During the meeting, BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said that, “Marshals will not stop white board cars but strictly check taxis and commercial vehicles with passengers for masks. Two Marshals will visit wedding halls in their respective jurisdiction to ensure CAB is adhered to. They will also visit cinemas, markets and malls to impose fines if CAB is flouted. If CABs are not followed, such places will be closed down as per the disaster management act.” Well-known epidemiologist Dr Giridhar Babu suggested that the BBMP explore the possibility of roping in police and other enforcement agencies to ensure protocols are followed.
Prasad said that the city businesses were functioning at full capacity and this being the wedding season, large crowds were seen at wedding halls too. Hence, the BBMP was planning measures for effective containment of the spread. Prasad also asked the testing teams to collect complete details otherwise it would lead to complications in contact tracing. Private health facilities have been asked to collect details of Influenza
like Illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) cases.
Going forward, BBMP plans to resume covid testing at crowded places. All personnel getting tested will be isolated till results are out. Babu also suggested that BBMP should scale up testing at malls, resident welfare associations, schools/colleges and marriage halls etc.
As contact tracing was not followed strictly in the recent past, BBMP commissioner has directed the officials to trace a fortnight’s travel history of the covid positive person. He instructed that a minimum of 15 contacts should be traced and tested for every covid positive person. Dr Giridhar Babu stressed that contact tracing was very important as South African and Brazilian variants were found to be more infectious.
The BBMP commissioner also held a meeting with hoteliers and said that masks, gloves and six feet distance were compulsory for employees in eateries. He added that customers should be let in only after thermal checks for temperature. “All hotel staff will have to take the covid test once every fortnight. Marshals have been instructed to keep an eye on road side eateries too,” he added.