Karwar, March 27: In what may be the first in the state and also the country, the district administration of Uttara Kannada in Karnataka has declared ‘Health Emergency,’ in Bhatkal Town, Jali Town Panchayat and adjoining six-gram Panchayats.
The order issued by District Deputy Commissioner Dr Harish Kumar states that the health emergency would be with immediate effect until further orders.
With two positive cases and reports of 56 awaited as on Friday, the district administration has decided to declare Health Emergency in Bhatkal and nearby areas.
As per the order health emergency has been declared in Bhatkal Town Municipal Council limits, Jali Town Panchayat and Gram Panchayats of Shirali, Hebale, Mavinkurve, Mundalli, Yalvadikavoor and Muttalli with immediate effect until further orders.
Speaking to reporters, Deputy Commissioner Dr K Harish Kumar said that the district disaster management authority has felt that the District is threatened by the spread of COVID-19 and it was necessary to take effective measures to prevent the spread across the districts and for mitigation of the threatening disaster situation.
Considering this the district has imposed a Health Emergency in Bhatkal Taluk.
Under the district administration gets some special powers to take necessary measures to control COVID-19.
“There is a need for consistency in the application and implementation of various measures across the district while ensuring maintenance of essential services and supplies, including health infrastructure,” the order added.