Siddaramaiah – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

BENGALURU: Considering the increase in the number of Covid cases, it is necessary to increase the number of hospital beds by fifty, and if necessary, the government should use community wards, university hostels and hotels to put infrastructure for patients, Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah said here Wednesday.

In a letter to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, the former CM suggested that the government use the services of final year medical students, paramedics and nurses to work with experienced doctors, and also use the services of doctors at retirement.

Blaming the government for not taking action based on the recommendations of the technical advisory committee, he suggested several measures to deal with the current crisis, including training volunteers to work in hospitals. He said the number of ventilator beds needs to be dramatically increased, and if ventilators are not available from state and central governments, they must be imported. The system needs to be strengthened in the next three or four days, he said. The government is to publish a daily bulletin on the increase in the number of beds with oxygen and respiratory support.

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Siddaramaiah also urged the Center to come to the aid of day laborers, car drivers, barbers and others who will lose their jobs as a result of the 14-day “Corona Curfew” imposed by the government.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, he urged the Center to expand the free rice program to 10 kg per person for six months, pay Rs 10,000 compensation to all poor families, expand the labor base to MNREGA’s request, to increase wages so that workers returning from cities have sufficient access to income opportunities and reduce the price of fertilizers.

Expressing concern at the increase in numbers, he said the current health infrastructure has already collapsed and cannot support the existing workload. The central government has acted as a catalyst in increasing the number of cases by authorizing events like the Kumbh Mela and election campaigns, he alleged.

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