Kerala govt directs private hospitals to reserve 50% beds for Covid-19 patients

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Thiruvananthapuram: In the wake of surging Covid-19 cases, the Kerala government has directed the private hospitals across the state to reserve 50 per cent of beds exclusively for Covid-19 patients. Health ministerVeena George issued an order regarding this after the daily Covid-19 review meeting attended by Rapid Response Team (RRT) members.

On a daily basis, the hospitals need to report to medical officers in their respective districts. They should provide the number of Covid-19 patients admitted to ICUs and on ventilator support. The hospital administrations are also directed to submit the number of non-Covid patients too. Notably, non-compliance with the order will attract stringent punishment as per the Epidemic Diseases Act.

The hospitals in the private sector supported the government during the second wave of Covid-19 in Kerala. The same attitude is expected this time too, said the health minister.

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