Karnataka sets up task force ‘for third wave’ under Dr Devi Shetty

A DAY after the Karnataka Excessive Court docket requested the state authorities to place earlier than it a plan inside two weeks on preparations for the third wave of the Covid pandemic predicted by consultants, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa introduced a panel for a similar.

Yediyurappa stated the federal government was organising a activity power to arrange for the third wave underneath the chairmanship of Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Well being.

The court docket, that has been listening to Covid-related issues because the first wave final 12 months, instructed the federal government to submit a plan together with estimated necessities for beds, oxygen, medicine and medical personnel.

The judges famous that the state, among the many prime in instances and deaths, was wanting Covid beds. “In written submissions, the state authorities has acknowledged that in your entire state, 45,754 beds supported by oxygen, 5,305 ICU beds and 4,019 beds with ventilators had been out there as on fifth Could 2021. Nonetheless, the requirement projected by the Central authorities is 66,333 oxygen supported beds, 13,969 ICU beds and eight,382 ventilator beds.”

The court docket additionally talked of the “very vital” state of affairs in Bengaluru, noting that in a metropolis seeing 15,000-odd instances each day, “at 2.45 pm at the moment (Could 12), 49 HDU beds, 16 ICU beds and seven ICU beds with ventilators had been out there”.

It requested the federal government to offer a district-wise chart of mattress availability and future necessities by Could 18.

The federal government argued that it had considerably improved the mattress state of affairs, from 1,970 oxygenated beds, 444 ICU beds and 610 ventilator beds with the Division of Well being and Household Welfare in March final 12 months to 24,000 oxygenated beds, 1,145 ICU beds and a couple of,058 ventilator beds now.

On Thursday, a Division Bench led by Chief Justice Abhay Sreeniva Oka requested the state authorities to make sure that Covid-19 check outcomes are furnished inside 24 hours, following the demise of a 45-year-old court docket staffer who offered a pattern for testing on Could 10 however had not obtained a report until Could 12 when he died.

“We direct that the state authorities shall once more subject a path to all of the laboratories to make sure that such incidents usually are not repeated,” the Bench stated, whereas ordering motion in opposition to the authorities answerable for the delay in S V Muniraju’s check report. “We aren’t taking on the matter as a result of the individual involved was an worker of this court docket. We’re apprehensive concerning the non-implementation of the orders of this court docket and the lives of residents,” the court docket stated.

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