Namma Clinics Will Make Healthcare Accessible For Urban Poor: Karnataka Health Minister

Namma Clinics Will Make Healthcare Accessible For Urban Poor: Karnataka Health Minister


The third wave of Covid-19 was not as bad as expected. But Karnataka Health Minister Dr. K. We can't be complacent, says Sudhakar. "I urge people to take their booster shots because vaccination is our only weapon against Covid-19," he said.

In an interview with LA SEMANA, Sudhakar described the precautions he takes to avoid gambling. He also talked about new initiatives such as the Nama Clinic and how they are helping to strengthen the state's health system.

Is the fourth wave of Covid-19 imminent? How prepared is the state to deal with the situation?

If we look at how Covid-19 is spreading around the world, we know it comes in waves. It is somewhat difficult to predict exactly when the wave will break or rise. However, the point is that regardless of the impending wave, we must prepare properly. The first is infrastructure. In recent waves, our government has greatly enhanced our medical infrastructure, whether it's intensive care beds, oxygen facilities or workforce, which will help us deal with potential waves and add more if needed. Also, I would like to point out that the severity of the infection has decreased due to the massive and successful nationwide vaccination efforts by the Government of India under the leadership of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

When the third wave hit, although there were more cases, we saw a fraction of the number of hospitalizations compared to the first and second waves. This is the great effect of the vaccine.

However, I warn you that this does not mean that Covid-19 is gone and the danger remains. Experts have found that some of the immunity provided by the vaccine wears off after a while, and therefore a booster dose is needed.

A booster dose is currently offered free of charge to all age groups. Our government encouraged people to get their incentives. However, I am very disappointed that despite all these government efforts, people are not taking precautions. I think people became complacent because the third wave wasn't bad and assumed that Covid-19 was no longer a threat. The government is doing its best to remind people of the importance of not letting their guard down against Covid-19 and to encourage people to get booster shots. So I am again asking people to take their booster because vaccination is our only weapon against COVID-19.

There are very few people in Karnataka receiving the promotional COVID vaccine. What actions are being taken to solve this problem?

Like I said before, people seem to think things like 'Covid-19 is over' or they become too confident and indifferent that nothing will happen to them because they have survived three waves. There are an estimated 3.22 million citizens between the ages of 18 and 60, and only 10.3% of them had received the precautionary dose as of Wednesday. Even among people over the age of 60, coverage is insufficient as only 33.16 thousand or 46.5 percent of the 71.34 thousand eligible citizens have been withdrawn. Overall, we estimate that about 4.13 million citizens have precautionary rations, but only 77.3 thousand or about 18.7 percent of them have precautionary rations as of Wednesday.

In the past, the lower precautionary dose coverage among people over 18 years of age was attributed to the fact that it was not freely available. Thanks to PM Modi, booster doses are now freely available to everyone at government vaccination centers and we've added Corbevax to our vaccination basket.

To accelerate coverage of booster injections, we have opened more vaccination centers and are conducting door-to-door vaccination campaigns for the elderly. We also provide workplace vaccinations in factories, IT companies and government offices. Efforts are being made to raise awareness among citizens about the importance of memorial shots. I repeat that the battle against the epidemic can be won only with the help of everyone, and every citizen must willingly take a tonic.

What precautions are taken against smallpox?

So far, no case of monkeypox has been reported in Karnataka. We had an Ethiopian who suspected he had monkeypox, but after the test results came out, they concluded it was just smallpox. However, we are very vigilant and are taking all necessary measures including extreme vigilance in all border areas with Kerala. Epidemic Hospital, Bengaluru and Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore have been designated as designated hospitals to isolate suspected cases. Besides, we have appointed officers in all ports and airports. To ensure extreme vigilance, three officers at each port and airport will work around the clock in eight-hour shifts.

However, I would like to make an explanation. Monkeypox is not similar to Covid-19 in terms of infection and lethality. Covid is airborne, spreads and infects easily. Monkeypox only spreads through physical contact with an infected person or a contaminated surface. Moreover, the death rate is also very low compared to when the first wave of Covid-19 occurred. Therefore, I ask people not to panic about monkeypox and to assure that the government is taking all necessary precautions to prevent and mitigate monkeypox.

Tell us about Nama Clinics and how they contribute to strengthening public health systems

Ayushman Bharat Health and Welfare Centers or Nama Clinics is a new initiative to improve access to health services among the urban poor. Our government is working on setting up Nama Clinics to cover a population of 15,000 to 20,000 people, especially in areas with a large number of economically weaker sections. Under the current plan, there will be a total of 243 Nama clinics in Bengaluru (BBMP region) and 195 Nama clinics in the rest of Karnataka. Each Nama clinic will have a medical officer, a nurse, a lower section officer, and Dr. Group staff.

Patients can get free consultation, free medication and free lab tests at all Nama clinics. A total of 14 laboratory tests are available at Nama Clinics. A free referral will also be provided, should the patient require additional treatment in secondary and tertiary care facilities. A remote consultation space with specialists will also be established to speed up diagnosis and treatment.

The main benefit of Nama clinics is that they will make basic health care affordable and available to the urban poor. It will also help in diagnosing diseases at an early stage, especially non-communicable and lifestyle-related diseases, accelerating treatment and alleviating life-threatening complications that occur in the advanced stages of the disease.

Why are medical bills out of control in the US?

Post a Comment (0)
Previous Post Next Post