Bengaluru: Pros have urged chief minister BS Yediyurappa to introduce an exclusive house isolation policy that will see just large risk patients occupy hospital beds. This, they state, will help curb fatalities.
Dr Giridhara Babu, professor, Indian Institute of Public Health, who fulfilled Yediyurappa with several other specialists a week, stated the absence of observation oxygen levels is an enormous reason behind the sudden rise in COVID deaths in Bengaluru, while epidemiologist Dr MK Sudharshan, implied that all health workers be placed in home isolation.
“The government has ordered health workers to stay in house isolation so the next step must be to present an exclusive coverage that will put all non-high-risk patients in home isolation,” Babu said. As of Tuesday, data from the state COVID War Room reveals there are 1,415 active high-risk cases in the nation.
“If you have a look at recoveries across the world you will see 80% of people recover without any special attention,” Babu said. “But in Karnataka, they continue to inhabit beds, possibly denying a high-risk patient hospital care. The government has identified insecure patients, and the aim should be to safeguard them so as to prevent deaths.”
Other experts agreed asymptomatic patients are occupying many beds, while physicians are turning away people who have symptoms or more severe problems. War Room data shows 16.3% of 23,896 beds booked for COVID are busy. Back in Bengaluru, 27.1% of 3,879 beds are occupied.
“The government spends more than a lakh on maintaining a patient in a hospital. Therefore these beds must be earmarked for the insecure category. Others can remain in home isolation, and health workers can monitor them” Babu additional.
Further, Babu, while celebrating the absence of observation of oxygen levels is leading to many deaths in Bengaluru, recommended that the government secure pulse oximeters and distribute it to all healthcare workers.
“In most deaths, we find that the oxygen level of this patient wasn’t tracked properly, and they could not get to the hospital at the time. Additionally, every time there is oxygen distress, hospitals are simply referring patients to Victoria Hospital. This can be avoided if oxygen is tracked regularly,” Babu said.