Ministers should visit covid hospitals, instil confidence among patients: D K Shivakumar

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July 15, 2020

Bengaluru, Jul 15: Karnataka Congress Chief D K Shivakumar on Wednesday urged the Ministers in the state to visit Covid-19 designated hospitals and instil confidence among patients, doctors and medical staff there.

Noting that doctors, nurses and others were doing a great job, Shivakumar said the government has to stand with them and instil confidence in them. Speaking to reporters after visiting Victoria hospital, a major dedicated Covid hospital in the city, he said, "All the Ministers have to go to hospitals and instil confidence in the staff, patients.... they have to remove fear and tell them we will have to live with this (virus), and cannot escape from it."

Shivakumar said he believes that by instilling confidence most part of the diseases can be cured. He lauded doctors, paramedical and other staff working at the Hospital for the sake of patients, putting their own life at risk and appreciated facilities provided there.

During the visit, the state Congress President interacted with patients undergoing treatment for Covid-19, also medical staff and doctors. He said at Victoria hospital patients were allowed to use mobile phones, so that they can speak to family members, which has to an extent instilled confidence among them, and the same has to be replicated across the state.

Not wishing to comment on complaints about the quality of facility and PPE kits provided at the hospital, also alleged misappropriation on part of the government in the purchase of equipment for Covid treatment, Shivakumar said, "....let's see that at Vidhana Soudha (seat of state's legislature)." He said, "this is not the time to talk about corruption and other things, this is not the time for it....instilling confidence among patients, doctors and paramedical staff is important now."

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September 16,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 16: Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Minister Gopalaiah has tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, the minister said on Wednesday.

Taking to Twitter Mr Gopalaiah wrote, “As I have tested positive for coronavirus, I am getting admitted to a hospital on the advice of a doctor, though I have no symptoms of the disease.”

He also appealed to those who came in contact to get examined and take necessary precautionary measures.

So far, 13 ministers, including chief minister BS Yeddiyurappa, have been found infected.

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September 26,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 26: Karnataka Assembly has passed the amendment to the Land Reforms Act in the state on Saturday, according to the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

Yediyurappa, in a tweet, said, "The Amendment to Karnataka Land Reforms Act passed in the Assembly today further empowers our farmers and strengthens their rights."

"While the Agricultural produce market committee (APMC) reforms ensured "My Produce, My Right", the land reforms ensures "My land, My Right" to all our Annadatas," it added.

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council sessions will commence on September 30.

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September 20,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 20: Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said he has directed the Udupi district authority to take flood relief measures immediately.

Mr Bommai further said that army helicopters will be used for rescue efforts if required.

Due to heavy rainfall in the Western Ghats, rivers are in spate.

“I am aware of the floods in Udupi inundating a few villages. I have directed the district authorities to rush a 250-member team of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) there. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will also reach there,” he said in a statement.

Several bridges in Karkala taluk, Udupi district were washed away, he said. Efforts are on to rescue the staff at Baje Hydro Project in the district who are stranded in the floodwaters.

The Minister said he would speak to Revenue Minister R Ashoka regarding requestioning a helicopter of the Air Force for the rescue work.

A Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials said that a helicopter has already been put on standby to carry out rescue operations there.

Karnataka, the Malnad and the coastal regions have been receiving heavy rainfall since last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada are also bearing the brunt of the torrential rains in the region along with Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga and Hassan for the past few days. In North Karnataka, rains have wreaked havoc in Vijayapura, Raichur, Kalaburagi and Bidar. Bengaluru, Mysuru and Tumakuru are also receiving heavy rains in the past few days.

According to the bulletin issued by the KSNDMC, heavy rains are likely in the next few days in Bidar, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Vijayapura, Yadgir, Koppal, Belagavi, Bagalkote, Gadag, Dharwad, Haveri and Ballari districts. There would be widespread moderate to heavy rains at most places with isolated very heavy to extremely heavy rains in Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu and Hassan districts.

Regarding coastal Karnataka, the bulletin said very heavy to extremely heavy rains will take place over Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts. The latest rains come weeks after several parts of the state were lashed by heavy downpour and the relief works were still on.

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