Centre apprised of Karnataka’s Covid precautionary measures: Health Minister Sudhakar


An emergency response drill will be held on December 27 in all health facilities in the state, according to a central directive.

Karnataka Health Minister Dr Sudhakar K participates in a virtual meeting called by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on the COVID-19 situation on December 23, 2022 (Photo-Twitter/Dr Sudhakar K @mla_sudhakar)

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Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar participated in a virtual meeting with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandiviya on Friday, where states were directed to increase testing and genome sequencing and ensure anti-Covid behaviour.

A nationwide Covid-19 emergency response drill will be held on December 27 in all health facilities, the minister said.

“States were briefed on the global situation and given specific instructions to increase vigilance and preparedness. The Union Health Minister has instructed us to increase vigilance and testing and ensure compliance with the appropriate anti-Covid behaviors. To ensure the readiness of our health infrastructure, drills will be conducted in health facilities all on December 27. All oxygen plants will be inspected to ensure proper functionality,” Sudhakar said. “We have informed the Union Health Minister about the precautionary measures being taken in Karnataka, including screening of passengers at the airport, expansion of preventive dose coverage and enforcement of good practices against Covid.”

BBMP meeting with residents

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Special Commissioner (Health), Dr KV Thrilok Chandra held a virtual meeting with residents and said the civic body would lay down detailed guidelines ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations. “It is recommended to hold Christmas and New Year’s celebrations outside and in ventilated areas. People are advised to wear face masks, maintain social distance and get booster doses of Covid vaccines so that we are in a better position to handle emergencies,” he added.

He said the Covishield and Corbevax vaccines would soon be given as booster shots at primary health centers. According to the state health department, 16 new cases were reported on Thursday and there were a total of 1,261 Covid patients, four of whom were hospitalized.

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