No shortage of oxygen in Karnataka: Health minister Sudhakar

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Bengaluru, Apr 18: Karnataka is not facing any shortage of oxygen, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr K Sudhakar in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Pointing out that Zonal Officers have been deployed to manage the issue, he said the Centre has given approval for 300 tonnes of oxygen in addition to 800 tonnes production capacity presently available in the State.

Industries have assured to supply sufficient quantity of oxygen whenever required, he said.

Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Revenue Minister R Ashok have held an informal meeting to review the Covid situation in Bengaluru, Dr Sudhakar said.

"Private Hospitals Not Cooperating"

He also mentioned that the response of private hospitals for reserving 50% beds for Covid patients has not been satisfactory and the State Government may have to initiate legal action against those failed to compliance the orders, he warned.

Speaking to the media after inspecting Sakra hospitals in Bengaluru, the minister said the inspection was to check whether the hospitals are complying the government orders to reserve 50% beds for Covid patients.

Manipal hospital has not provided 50% beds, he said.

Dr Sudhakar said strict instructions have been given to the hospital. Legal action will be initiated if they fail to obey the orders. Let us not land in such situation, he said.

"Private hospitals are facing shortage of infrastructure and human resource. We are considering all the issues while managing it. There may be shortcomings, but we are trying to address all issues. We are prioritizing supply of oxygen, Remdesivir and other drugs," the Health Minister said.

Steps to increase the availability of beds and temporary arrangements in hotels are also being made, he said.

Tough measures in Bengaluru?

Tougher and stringent measures necessary in Bengaluru to control second wave. It will be decided after all party meeting Monday. Chief Minister will take the decision after detailed discussion with leaders, he said

The Second Wave of the Covid pandemic is fast spreading and people have to exercise precautionary measures, he said adding: "We will ramp up beds based on the prevailing situation. Private hospitals must join hands with the government in this fight against pandemic."





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  • Global, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    pic 2, 3 see his sitting posture!! servant of king? that explains all about, even at this moment of serious discussions? God help us.

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  • Lobo, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Our supremely selfish-greedy politicians won’t do any of these, however, it’s a humble request: 1. Close all the bars, marriage halls and political gatherings. 2. Ensure strict social distancing in restaurants. 3. Home Guards and Marshals to penalize those not wearing masks. Needs to be monitored due to acute corruption, based on past experience. 4. Ban any mass gathering. From weekend market to Sunday mass..etc

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Its too late now....This should have been done by the end of March. Still some ministers and mlas ( surely because of some rich people who support them during election) write letters to govt. to release the ban on social gatherings.

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, India.

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Yes, NO shortage of oxygen in Karnataka ; only to politicians.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Educated Doctors don't tell Lies ...

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangaluru/Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Readers should dedust from writing adverse comments at this crucial time because we are lucky to have a very competent and knowledgeable professional minister Dr.Sudhakar He is doing excellent work.....God bless him.

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  • Veer, Nagour

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    It’s better to give credit where it is due and make constructive criticism also where it is due. Simply praising a undeserving is not a responsible duty. Cancelling all election public campaigning and conducting elections all in one day is the right gesture of a responsible govt. Cancel all public gatherings religious or otherwise. This reveals the real nature of the govt and its ministers.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Biplab Deb CM of Tripura had a novel idea of harvesting oxygen from water. There is no dearth of scientists in BJP gang but Operation Successful Patient Dead without water.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Maybe no shortage but is it supplied to hospitals or industries because most production is for industries.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Yes , he rightly said that NO SHORTAGEof oxygen, but I think only shortage is KNOWLEDGE in Karnataka.

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  • Supreeth, Bangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    He is right..No shortage of beds and oxygen if a politician fall sick.

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  • ayes p., kudla/ksa

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    kelage biddaru moogu mele

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Karnataka private doctors body complaining there are no drugs and no oxygen....Here, minister is saying no shortage....hmm whats this kithapathi ?

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  • Harsha, Mangaluru

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Health minister works for the govt& not to the doctors struggling /managing patient care.This is what they do.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    At this time, its hard time..tough time for the doctors/nurses/health workers and who work in health field to care and cure the patients. May god bless them with good health always...

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  • Sudhakar, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Tomorrow's 10th standard state board preparatory exam alot of students are gonna come together it'll be covid hotspot

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  • Munna, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    You are right Mr. Doctor. But not only in karnataka. There's no shortage of oxygen in this universe. That's why we are alive. Thank god

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  • william, mangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Every now and then Sudhakar has something to say . Who knows the truth.

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