Karnataka task force recommends booth-level committees to fight COVID-19


Team Udayavani, Jul 4, 2020, 7:17 AM IST

Bengaluru: Amid the rising coronavirus cases in Bengaluru, the Karnataka COVID Task Force on Friday decided to set up booth-level task force committees across the state including 8,800 in Bengaluru for effective monitoring and surveillance.

The task force also released detailed guidelines for home isolation for asymptomatic cases including 17 days ‘home isolation’ for patients below 50 years of age.

It also warned of legal action against those health workers for disrespect to the bodies.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said the local management will be strengthened for effective monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 cases.

‘There will be booth-level task force committees throughout the state right from the village to Bengaluru.

These task force committees will act at the ultra local level.

The task force will act as a structural and functional unit of COVID handling dealing with monitoring, surveillance, checking of all the ILI cases, ambulances and hospitals,’ he added.

He also said the committees will consist of one member each from the Health department, police department, municipalities or Panchayat, volunteers, valveman.

The committee will have five to six members.

The principal secretary in the Village Development and Panchayat Raj department L K Ateeq has been appointed as the nodal officer to manage the task force in the rural areas whereas in the urban areas, the Urban Development secretary, the municipal administration directors and the municipal commissioner will form the local task force.

‘In Bengaluru alone 8,800 teams will be formed, which will be coterminous with the 8,800 booths in the city. They will provide the real-time data. They will be imparted training,’ the minister added.

He said there were about 8,800 electoral booths in Bengaluru city and each booth will have a task force committee, adding a nodal officer has been appointed to oversee this.

The state level task force also came out with a slew of conditions.

As far as home isolation is concerned, it would apply for patients who are below 50 years and have no symptoms of any other disease, and their homes should have a toilet and have an attendant.

He also said home isolation duration has been increased from 14 to 17 days.

‘The people should not get fever in the next three days after completing 14 days, else they will be quarantined for another seven days. If they don’t get fever then they will be freed to perform their personal activities,’ Sudhakar said.

Those who are above 50 years and have comorbidities, will be treated at the COVID care centres only and they will be under medical supervision and will be subjected to regular tests, he added.

The state is also making arrangements for telecommunication for those who are asymptomatic but wish to speak to a doctor.

It was also decided to have at least two ambulances in each of the 198 wards of Bengaluru.

The minister said the additional commissioner of police (traffic) will be the nodal officer to coordinate the movement of ambulances.

The task force has also appointed a nodal officer to manage the hospitals based on the availability of beds and ventilators.

The officer will provide real time information about beds.

‘We want to make sure that no one has to run from one hospital to another,’ Sudhakar said.

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