Karnataka has effectively used tech in Covid battle: Minister Sudhakar

Bengaluru, Jan 16 (IANS): Karnataka has effectively leveraged technology in the Covid battle and about 2.5 lakh healthcare and frontline staff have been trained through online platforms so far, Health and Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar said on Saturday, adding "this is a model to the entire country".

Sudhakar inaugurated the virtual training programme being conducted in association with StepOne for about 10,000 medical, dental and Ayush students to train them in home isolation care and addressed the students.

During the first wave, it was necessary to provide training to healthcare workers about the new virus, the minister said.

"But due to lockdown and other reasons when it was not feasible to conduct physical training we trained about 2.5 lakh healthcare and front line staff though online with the help of RGUHS. Even Central government had appreciated Karnataka's efforts to leverage technology," he said.

StepOne has partnered with state govt in mobilising volunteers and doctors and training them in tele-triaging. This has led to effective home isolation care in Karnataka.

"Even Niti Aayog has appreciated the home isolation process in Karnataka and the technology deployed for it. Medical students, doctors and faculty of medical colleges have played a great role in home isolation management," said Sudhakar.

"We have a process to regularly monitor the health of those under home isolation. We are utilising the services of about 10,000 medical, dental and Ayush students. About 500 experts are supporting the system. During the second wave about 1.33 crore tele-consultations were done including 42.57 lakh doctor consultations. About 36,000 people were provided mental health counseling," he said.

Several people seek hospitalisation due to panic, even if they are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.

"If proper counselling is provided though phone, we can reduce unnecessary burden on our health infrastructure," he said.



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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Political Jokers ...

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  • Concerned, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Battling Common cold and flu ? Every season will have the same story then? Evil Elite and communist chinese have already exploited this and forced billions their BigPharma's injections. What they do long term we need to wait and see. Now looks like to push Boosters, some fast spreading flu strain these elite and communist chinese spread in Africa, not only to force to increase existing low percentage vaccination coverage there but also push DELTA boosters rest of world. Vaccines were good once upon a time, but power and money minded elite nd communist chinese misuse them for depopulation and better control of world in the name of health security. Unfortunately some of their designed vaccines get manufactured in India, to fool the world. They are for communist control of the world.5

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  • Citizen, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Only create hype to divert attention and play the hatp and blow your trumpet. Everyone knows what was done and was the outcome during the last 2 waves. Incompetence and Mismanagement...

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Blow your trumpet.

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  • Alva s, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Don't talk rubbish. Hon'ble Health minister do you think people are fools, that you come every now and then and give garbage statement, the reality is you and your cronies minted crores through hospital mafia, people were dying, and YOU TALK RUBBISH. SHAMELESS GUY.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Senseless, only for CHEAP PUBLICITY.

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  • Sudeep, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Kapil Sharma should take Mr Sudhakar in his late night comedy show. This man has become a joke. When 2 nd wave was there and people were struggling to get hospital bed, where was your so called effective tech?

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