A DAY after the Karnataka High Court requested the state authorities to position earlier than it a plan inside two weeks on preparations for the third wave of the Covid pandemic predicted by specialists, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa introduced a panel for a similar.
Yediyurappa stated the federal government was organising a activity power to organize for the third wave beneath the chairmanship of Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health.
The court docket, that has been listening to Covid-related issues for the reason that first wave final yr, informed the federal government to submit a plan together with estimated necessities for beds, oxygen, medication and medical personnel.
The judges famous that the state, among the many high in circumstances and deaths, was wanting Covid beds. “In written submissions, the state government has stated that in the entire state, 45,754 beds supported by oxygen, 5,305 ICU beds and 4,019 beds with ventilators were available as on 5th May 2021. However, the requirement projected by the Central government is 66,333 oxygen supported beds, 13,969 ICU beds and 8,382 ventilator beds.”
The court docket additionally talked of the “very critical” scenario in Bengaluru, noting that in a metropolis seeing 15,000-odd circumstances day by day, “at 2.45 pm today (May 12), 49 HDU beds, 16 ICU beds and 7 ICU beds with ventilators were available”.
It requested the federal government to offer a district-wise chart of mattress availability and future necessities by May 18.
The authorities argued that it had considerably improved the mattress scenario, from 1,970 oxygenated beds, 444 ICU beds and 610 ventilator beds with the Department of Health and Family Welfare in March final yr to 24,000 oxygenated beds, 1,145 ICU beds and a pair 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 supplied a pattern for testing on May 10 however had not obtained a report until May 12 when he died.
“We direct that the state government shall again issue a direction to all the laboratories to ensure that such incidents 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 are not taking up the matter because the person concerned was an employee of this court. We are worried about the non-implementation of the orders of this court and the lives of citizens,” the court docket stated.