Karnataka: Health infrastructure to be upgraded to fight possible third wave | Hubballi News – Times of India

HUBBALLI: Even as the second Covid-19 wave is ebbing, the state government is preparing to deal with a possible third wave of the disease, by upgrading healthcare infrastructure and strengthening medical supplies.
Karnataka health and family welfare department commissioner Dr K V Trilok Chandra said, “Generally we upgrade the facilities at government hospitals, but we are also gearing up for a possible third wave. We will set up paediatric ICUs in government hospitals.”
“We have a target to upgrade all healthcare facilities in the next three months, in all district and taluk hospitals. The formalities to call tenders have commenced. By the middle or end of June, the upgrading of health infrastructure in government hospitals will begin. The work will be taken up on a war footing, and completed in a time-bound manner,” he said.
“As per the plan, the capacity to admit patients who are critical, will be increased at government hospitals. After learning lessons from the second wave of Covid-19, which caused people to panic as it was difficult to get admitted in hospitals, the officials have designed an action plan covering all the lapses that took place during the beginning of the second wave, so that they are not repeated,” he said.
As per the plan, the district government hospitals and taluk hospitals will be equipped with the latest medical equipment, so that they can treat patients with Covid or other critical health issues, he said.
“The government intends to set up 10-bed paediatric ICUs in all district hospitals, increase the capacity of liquid medical oxygen that can be administered from the existing 6 kl to 20 kl, set up permanent oxygen generating plants of a minimum capacity of 1,000 LPM at all district government hospitals, and increase ICU beds from 25 to 50,” he added.
“In the first phase, 19 high dependency unit (HDU) beds will be equipped in 40 taluk hospitals, with which the ICU beds will go up to 25 in taluk hospitals. Currently, each taluk hospital has 6 ICU beds,” he said.

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