Double MBBS, PG Medical seats; clear guidelines to employ final year MBBS medicos to fight COVID: Karnataka asks PM Modi
Karnataka: Considering the current crisis, the Karnataka government has sought Centre's intervention and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double the number of Under-Graduate (MBBS) and Post-Graduate medical (PG Medical) seats in the state from 12,000 to 24,000.
Pointing at the serious situation of the state, the Ministers stated that when the national average of death rate is 1.99 percent Bangalore has the death rate of 1.7 % itself and the whole state has a death rate of 1.8 %. At it, the PM instructed that when any new COVID case will arrive, the primary and secondary contact should be mandatorily traced and identified within three days which may help in bringing down the mortality rate.
Talking about the future plans of the state in containing the pandemic, the ministers apprised that by the end of August the number of testing labs will be increased to 100 and the number of tests will also be increased from 50000 to 75000 per day eventually. The Medical Education minister has shared snippets of the conference on his social media platform.
As per a recent media report in IANS, PM suggested that the state governments aim for reducing the fatality rate to 1 per cent and instructed them to ensure contact tracing up to 70 per cent to control the spread of the virus.
Substantiating the need for their demands, the state cabinet ministers suggested that liquid oxygen plants need to be set up in major COVID Care Hospitals.
"If we get one liquid oxygen plant for each major hospital, it will greatly help in better ICU management and bringing down the death rate. The increase in the number of trained medicos will act as a buffer in emergencies.," State Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar, who was filling in for Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa who is under home quarantine told The New Indian Express.