Free treatment for COVID-19, decision to raise awareness

Richard D’Souza, Kallianpur
Kemmannu News Network, 15-09-2020 17:20:32

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Udupi: Covid 19 victims are being treated in government and private hospitals, free of charge, under the Ayushmann Bharat Scheme. Corornavirus infected patients do not believe any false news, said Dr. Sudheerchadra Sooda, District Health and Family Empowerment officer.



He was speaking at the general meeting of Zilla Panchayat held at Rajathadri on Tuesday, September 15 which was presided over by Zilla panchayat president Dinakar Babu.

Responding to a question by Education and Health Standing Committee Chairman Pratap Hegde Marali and other members, DHO said that if Covid was identified, it would be able to prevent the spread of the disease to others. Antigen tests are done for this purpose, which results in 1 hour, if negative, RTPCR will be checked for symptomatic persons, if test positive, treatment will be started immediately, Covid test is free in government hospitals. Even if a positive person is admitted to a private hospital with the recommendation of the District Court, there is a complete free treatment, if the patient leaves the general ward and receives more facilities, the bill alone will be billed. And if admitted directly to a private hospital, the bill would have to be borne, and the public would not believe any false news, but would be asked to immediately check for symptoms.



The public should be made more aware of the Covid test and treatment methods, the people should be more aware of their coverage and the awareness of the District Panchayat to all Gram Panchayats. Pratap Hegde Marali said that the Department of Health is fighting against Covid, and that private hospitals should also provide detailed information to patients enrolled in them.

Steps will be taken to distribute each house to the Gram Panchayats by printing leaflets on Covid examination and treatment methods, said ZP CEO Preeti Gehlot.



Relocating the IT office in Mangalore to the state of Goa would be inconvenient to over 4 lakh taxpayers in the undivided district. Member Janardhan Tonse called for a decision on the revocation of the order.

Jyoti Harish, a member who mentioned the recent death of a young bike rider who fell on the road with winds, said that such dangerous trees should be identified and cleared before the rainy season.

Many members were unhappy with the Forest Department’s objection to the development of the road already in the jurisdiction. Kundapur deputy forest conservation officer Ashish Reddy said that they would be conducting a site inspection on such road works.


Member Sasikantha Padubidre objected to delays in road and bridge works in Padubidri. Member Shilpa Suvarna said that the authorities are ready to answer the matter, but the officers repeatedly absent in the meeting. She demanded active should be taken to such authorities.

Githanjali Suvarna said the girl was killed in a road accident near Kaup. Accident occurred when the water hit the car and it was an accident. Authorities should take action not to stop water on the road.

Dialysis is a high demand in the district; hence need to increase more machinery for the dialysis purpose, said Sumit Shetty, President of Agriculture and Industrial Standing Committee.

District Surgeon Dr Madhusudhan Nayak said that there is a shortage of space in the district and a proposal has been made for the installation of a new machine at Byndoor and Brahmavara Hospital. District Surgeon Dr Madhusudhan Nayak said he would also propose the installation of dialysis machines at Hebri and Kapu Hospital.

A joint survey by the Agriculture Department, Kempegowda, Joint Director of Agriculture Department said that 20 per cent progress was made in the district’s mobile crop survey, which aims to achieve 100 per cent. Farmers are allowed to file details until September 23, while private residents are allowed to file details.

Zilla Panchayat Vice President Sheela K Shetty, Social Justice Standing Committee Chairperson Shobha Ji Putran, Deputy Secretary Kiran Fednaker and Chief Planning Officer Srinivasa Rao were also present.

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