Karnataka requests Centre for 1,500 tonne oxygen
Bengaluru, April 21, 2021: Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has requested the centre to provide 1,500 metric tonne oxygen everyday.
“300 tonnes of oxygen is being earmarked for Karnataka. Since cases are increasing, we may need 500 – 600 tonnes of oxygen by this month end and 1,500 tonnes by next month end. CM has appealed to the centre to provide additional quantity of oxygen. I also requested the union government to supply additional oxygen,” Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar told reporters today.
“There is anxiety among the people to get hospitalized soon after they are tested positive. 95% positive cases do not require hospitalization. They can be isolated at their homes and treated. Our doctors are visiting the home isolated patients and rendering the consultation. Information regarding do’s and don’ts will be circulated,” he said.
“Patients with mild symptoms can be isolated at alternative arrangements at hotels. It will be difficult to provide treatment to the severely affected people if mild symptomatic patients are admitted to hospital. We need to provide oxygen and ventilators to the severely symptomatic patients, doctors should take the call on this depending on the severity of the cases,” he added.
Private Medical colleges in Bengaluru have reserved 4,000 beds for Covid patients, government Medical colleges have reserved 1,000 beds, government hospitals 1,409, private hospitals 7,442 beds for Covid patients. Web portal contains all the information regarding the beds availability, this system will be implemented across the state.