Karnataka:Quarantine,Covid test must for people from new Covid variant affected countries

Pramesh S Jain & Yogesh K Porwar

New strand of Covid19 virus Omicron: Preventive measure being taken for new Coronavirus,says Health Minister,Dr K Sudhakar

Nearly 45 lakh people are yet to take the second dose of the vaccine;Get vaccinated, follow safety measures,urges Minister Sudhakar.

Preventive measure taken for new Coronavirus Omicron,said Minister for Health & Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar.The minister said, Omicron,has been detected in South Africa,Hong Kong,Israel and Botswana,but there is no sign of it in Karnataka state.

Sudhakar even said,we had a meeting on preventive measure yesterday and released guidelines.People coming from these affected countries will take the RT-PCR once they land in Bengaluru.

If found positive, they will stay in and around the airport,for treatment.Home quarantine will be mandatory after their arrival.We have deployed the Health Department officials at the Airport to monitor the situation.

Urging the citizens of Karnataka to take the second dose of vaccine, he said,I request the 45 lakh people who are yet to take the second dose to get it on priority”.

Karnataka state has achieved 90% in the first dose of vaccination while the Country has marked 80%.

The State has marked 57% in the second dose of vaccination as 42% done in the Country. Report will be given to the Chief Minister,Basavaraj Bommai after a meeting of the committee scheduled on Monday.

We have managed the pandemic situation efficiently with the guidelines of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,Sudhakar said.

Purchase of medicines, funds released”

Commenting on the issue of medicines procurement,the Minister said a meeting will be scheduled to buy medicines.

District Health officers were given Rs.38 crore to buy medicine.Due to Covid, there is a delay in buying general medicine this year.

Tenders not taken place as issues are the matter is before the Court.Funds have been released to buy medicines locally.Medicines will be available at all Taluk and District hospitals in 3-4 days he added.