Health Minister Veena George. Photo:ANI/File
Thiruvananthapuram: In a meeting held here to address the rising number of Covid-19 cases health minister Veena George issued a warning to the public. She emphasized the importance of protecting vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and bedridden patients, from the virus. Citing data that most Covid-19 deaths are reported in individuals above 60 years of age, Veena urged caution for those who have elderly or unwell individuals at home. She stressed the need to strictly follow Covid-19 guidelines and recommended that people with lifestyle diseases, pregnant women, children, and the elderly wear face masks.
Veena George also emphasized the importance of testing for those experiencing Covid-19 symptoms and called for proper Covid-19 reviews in all districts. She urged authorities to increase hospital facilities according to surge plans, ensuring availability of oxygen. The minister also mentioned a separate meeting with private hospitals to address the situation. Special attention was highlighted for people in care homes, tribal areas, and bedridden patients who require monitoring. Employees in special care areas were advised to wear N95 masks when dealing with such individuals, and prompt check-up and treatment for symptomatic cases were stressed.
On the current state of Covid-19 cases, Veena George reported that 1,801 cases were reported in the state on Saturday, with Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kottayam districts having the highest numbers. While admission cases are increasing slightly, the minister noted that only a small percentage of patients require oxygen beds or ICU beds. She also mentioned that most results from genetic testing have shown the presence of the Omicron variant. She also stated that mock drills would be conducted as per the instructions of the union government.