Karnataka fully prepared for covid-19 vaccine distribution: Health Minister

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December 2, 2020

Bengaluru, Dec 2: The Covaxin Trails are going to be successful in the state and Karnataka is fully prepared for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

He was speaking here after the launch of the third phase of the clinical trial of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin in Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa joined the event via video conference.

Dr Sudhakar said that it’s a matter of pride to our state that clinical trials are happening at 25 centres of 12 states across the country. 26,000 people are being administered with vaccination. 1,600-1,800 people are being administered Covid vaccination in our state alone.

People should be wary of rumours and misinformation during this trial period, he added.

Speaking on the side effects of the vaccine the Minister said that around 15-20 per cent Indian companies are developing vaccination globally. There may be side effects of vaccination. Experts are observing it and there is no need for panic at this stage, he added.

PM Narendra Modi government has reserved Rs.900 Cr for vaccine research. Prime Minister himself has visited and inspected the research centres in Pune, Ahmadabad and Hyderabad.

He said that the CM BS Yediyurappa led government in Karnataka has kept aside Rs 300 crore for Vaccine trials. Free of cost treatment is given to Covid patients. 1.25 lakh tests are conducted per day in the state and 1.2 Crore free Covid testing has been conducted so far, Minister explained.

He said that Karnataka is fully prepared for vaccine distribution, 29,451 vaccine distribution centres have been identified and 10,008 trained staff are ready. 2,855 cold storage centres are available for storage of vaccines. Regional centres are being set up in Bengaluru, Shivamogga and Bellary.

Healthcare workers will be given the vaccination in the first phase followed by frontline warriors, people aged above 50 years and people of with comorbidities, said Dr Sudhakar.

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January 18,2021

Ballari, Jan 18: A middle aged man lost his life after covid-19 vaccination on Monday at Ballari in Karnataka, Health Ministry said on Monday. Post-mortem being carried out at Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences in Karnataka.

As per latest information, the deceased was comorbid and diabetic. He was 43 years old and got the shot on Saturday. The man complained of chest pain in the morning and was taken to a hospital where he died.

"The said individual was vaccinated on January 16 (Saturday). As per the physician's opinion, it is a clear case of myocardial infarction. It is not related to the vaccination,” said Dr B Devanand, Director, Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), Ballari.

“However, they are doing the post-mortem, the viscera has been sent to the pathology department. After the pathology report, the cause of death will be known. The post-mortem has already been initiated," he added. 

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January 19,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 19: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials have arrested a Customs officer and his wife and seized cash and gold worth RS 74 Lakhs from them on Tuesday.

Officials said that Customs officer Irfan and his wife were carrying cash and gold to lucknow. They arrived from Chennai and decided to catch a flight to Lucknow.

In a routine check like passengers CISC officials checked the Customs official, fearing being caught, they threw Rs 10 lakh cash in the toilet. Observing their movements the security forces caught both with cash and gold.

After the search operation of their bags the officials found two costly mobile phones, an apple watch, a suitcase with cash of Rs 74.81 lakh and old jewellery.

The case has been transferred to the IT department for further investigation. 

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January 11,2021

Mangaluru, Jan 10: Two people drowned while 7 others were rescued when they were caught in strong waves in the sea at Munda Beach in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka on Sunday evening.

Police said on Monday that a nine-member group, who had gone to the beach near Sasihithlu, were caught in the strong waves while swimming. Fishermen rescued seven of them.

The body of Sunder (45) was fished out, while search is on to trace the one more person identified as Damodar (55).

The group had come from Thokur to attend a family function and went to the beach. They entered the waters despite warnings by local people. The rescued people have been admitted to a local hospital.

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