Karnataka govt issues notice to 18 hospitals for 'denying' admission to patient who later died

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July 2,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 2: Karnataka government has issued a show-cause notice to 18 private hospitals for refusing to admit a 52-year-old patient with influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms, who later died.

According to the notice dated on June 30, a 52-years patient named Bhawarlal Sujani died after he was denied admission by 18 private hospitals.

The patient was taken to these hospitals on Saturday and Sunday for admission on observing some ILI like symptoms. But none of these hospitals admitted in on the pretext of unavailability of bed/ventilators, read the notice.

This is a clear violation of providing medical assistance and admission necessitated under the agreed provision of KPME Registration. They should strictly adhere to the provisions under Sections 11 & 11 A of KPME Act 2017. Private Medical Establishments cannot deny/ refuse/ avoid treatment to patients with Covid-19 and Covid-19 like symptoms, the state Health Department said.

By denying the admission to the deceased patient, your hospitals have violated the provisions of the above-said act. You are liable for legal action in this regard, as per the notice.

The state Health department asked the hospitals to reply as to why action should not be initiated under the relevant Acts. 

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3 more legislators in Karnataka test Covid-19 positive

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July 19,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 19: Three legislators of the opposition Congress in Karnataka, including 2 MLAs and 1 MLC tested positive for coronavirus and are under treatment, a party official said on Saturday.

"Our Bailhongal MLA Mahantesh Koujalgi in Belagavi district and Humnabad MLA Rajashekhar Patil and his MLC brother Chandrashekhar Patil in Bidar district tested positive for the infection and are under treatment at designated hospitals," party spokesman Ravi Gowda told media persons in Bangaluru.

Koujalgi's swab sample was taken on Friday after he showed signs of illness and its result turned positive earlier in the day.

"As Koujalgi attended a review meeting at Bailhongal, about 20 officials who participated in the meeting have been home quarantined," said Gowda.

Koujalgi is the second lawmaker in the state's northwest region to test positive after BJP's Belagavi North assembly segment MLA Anik Benake tested positive for the virus on July 15.

"Patil brothers were in self quarantine after meeting BJP's Bidar Lok Sabha member Bhagwanth Khuba, who tested positive on Wednesday. Their tests also showed they were infected with the virus," Gowda said.

Congress MLC Sandesh Nagaraj, who tested positive on Friday, is under treatment at a private hospital in Mysuru.

Dakshina Kannada district Youth Congress president Mithun Rai is in institutional quarantine in Bengaluru after he tested positive for the infection.

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Steady improvement in Karnataka's COVID recovery rate, says Medical Education Minister

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August 4,2020

Bengaluru,  Aug 4: Karnataka has seen a substantial increase in COVID-19 recovery rate, which was 5.67 per cent in the last week, state Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said.

"Every day there is an increase in recovery rate which is higher by 9.17 per cent in Bengaluru city. The overall recovery rate of the state by Sunday evening was 42.81 per cent and it is 35.14 per cent in Bengaluru," the Minister wrote in a tweet.

Minister Sudhakar also directed officials to resolve the issue raised by a woman who had written to him about her struggle to take possession of the body of her father in St. Johns hospital, Madivala.

The hospital she claimed was charging money to hand over the body.

"It is inhuman on part of the hospital to refuse handover of the body. I came to know about this incident in the media and responded immediately to help out the woman," Dr. Sudhakar wrote in his tweet.

Karnataka has so far reported 74,598 active COVID-19 cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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‘SDPI leaders who helped the police to control mob made culprits’

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August 12,2020

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Newsroom, Aug 12: Distancing themselves from the August 11 Bengaluru violence, the Popular Front of India and its political arm Social Democratic Party of India have expressed concern over the way the police handled the incident. 

“The police always want a scapegoat to hide their failure. In #Bangaloreriots the SDPI local leaders who were inside the police station from evening were framed for rioting. The ones who helped police to control mob were labelled as culprits,” tweeted Anis Ahmed, General Secretary of PFI. 

Elyas Mohammed Tumbe, Karnataka state president of SDPI, in a video-message alleged blasphemous post on Prophet Mohammad and police inaction in arresting the accused in an attempt to buy time was the trigger for the incident.

“Police did not initiate any action against accused Naveen till around 11.30pm and it is apparent that this was guided by the fact that he is the nephew of Pulikeshi Nagar Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivas Murthy,” Elyas said.

"A group of agitated people who had gathered there were further incensed by the apathy of the police," he said, creating an atmosphere of discord. It is police failure that has led to loss of three precious lives in subsequent firing, he added.

Defending action of SDPI leader Muzammil Pasha, whom police have since arrested, Elyas said Pasha and other leaders are seen in videos trying their best with the police to pacify the agitated mob. 

"Pasha with the local ulamas is seen beseeching the crowd not to lose their cool as the leaders are in touch with the police to sort out the issue," he said. Subsequent action on Pasha is a cover up for intelligence, government, and police failure, Elyas alleged.

Asserting that SDPI has always stood for justice and stands by development, Elyas alleged that a concerted attempt as usual is being made to needlessly drag his organisation in the apparent failures of the government. 

President of Bengaluru unit of SDPI M D Sharief said police could have avoided the incident had they acted swiftly. Alleging that Naveen had shared such posts in the past too, Sharief said he went scot-free because of his political clout.

Abdul Majeed Kodlipet, former state president of SDPI, said that his party will never justify any kind of violence. He, however, contended that the delay in police action against the person who had been posting derogatory messages on Facebook for quite some time led to the violence. 

“The violence has culminated in the police firing which resulted in the death of three innocent people. The government should announce compensation to the families of the victims,” he said adding that SDPI also will help the families of the victims. 

He said the vehicles of SDPI leaders who were helping the police to control the mob were also set afire by the violent mob.

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