Karnataka govt, CII to set up task force against COVID-19 pandemic

By ANI | Published: April 25, 2021 11:19 AM2021-04-25T11:19:51+5:302021-04-25T11:30:02+5:30

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases across the state, the Karnataka government and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Saturday decided to form a task force to jointly fight against coronavirus.

Karnataka govt, CII to set up task force against COVID-19 pandemic | Karnataka govt, CII to set up task force against COVID-19 pandemic

Karnataka govt, CII to set up task force against COVID-19 pandemic

Next

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases across the state, the Karnataka government and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Saturday decided to form a task force to jointly fight against coronavirus.

According to the statement issued by the state Health Ministry, the task force would have representatives from the CII and the state Health Department. It would explore ways to quickly augment medical and non-medical infrastructure, including a massive call centre and modular ICU units, to manage the virus more effectively.

The representatives of CII had a video conference with Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar and other senior officials of the Health Department here today.

The call centre is likely on the lines of ApthaMitra helpline set up during the first wave of the virus. Currently, there are multiple helplines for COVID-19 management and that is causing confusion among the public. This helpline is likely to act as a master helpline for all aspects pertaining to coronavirus.

The task force would work out the modalities soon. The training for the call centre executives is likely to be done by medical professionals from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, the department said.

Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said: "The task force would help the government in managing COVID-19 with respect to technology, software applications, know-how, sourcing of medicines, medical equipment and oxygen."

He further said the it would help the government to also set up about 3,000 to 5,000 Modular ICU units in the State to address the rising demand for ICU beds.

The Minister urged the industry to channel their CSR funds for virus-related activities.

Former CII president and co-founder of Infosys, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Former CII president and CMD of Kirloskar Systems, Vikram Kirloskar, Cardiologist, Dr Devi Shetty, and CII''s Karnataka chairman, Ramesh Ramadurai, were among those representing the CII.

( With inputs from ANI )

Disclaimer: This post has been auto-published from an agency feed without any modifications to the text and has not been reviewed by an editor

Open in app