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K'taka Issues Order Notifying Setting Up Of Fever Clinics In Pvt Hospitals

ktaka issues order notifying setting up of fever clinics in pvt hospitals

Bengaluru, June 24 (PTI) The Karnataka government on

Wednesday issued an order notifying establishment of fever

clinics and swab collection centres in 66 private hospitals or

medical colleges in the city, aimed at controlling the spread

of COVID-l9.

It said, with the spike in number of Influenza-like

Illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI)

cases, there is a need to increase the number of fever clinics

and swab collection centres.

"The private medical colleges and private hospitals are

instructed to work as fever clinics cum swab collection

centres," the order dated Tuesday with a list of 66 private

medical colleges and hospitals said.

It said they should do the triaging of ILI and SARI cases

to find COVID-19 suspects, draw the swabs as per testing

policy of the state government, use the software application

meant for fever clinics and swab collection centres and make

it available for transportation to labs identified by the


"The institution will collect their regular OPD charges

for triaging and a maximum of Rs 350 for each swab from the

patient. The test will be conducted at government's cost," it


Karnataka was the first state in the country to come out

with the concept of fever or flu clinics. These have been

established as the first point of contact for persons

suffering from coronavirus like symptoms- fever, cold, cough,

sore throat, breathlessness etc.

The state has improved its daily testing capacity from a

few hundred tests in April to more than 10,000 now.

Noting that the state has more than 600 fever clinics and

over 1,172 Swab collection centres to screen patients and

collect the swab in case the patient was suspected of Covid-

19, the notification said, in Bengaluru city the various urban

public health centres have been converted into fever clinics.

Already 52 government managed fever clinics cum swab

collection centres are functional.

Pointing to the rise in number of ILIs and SARI cases and

the need to increase the number of fever clinics and swab

collection centres, it said many private hospitals or all

medical colleges in Bengaluru have the capacity to run such

clinic cum collection centres.

"Therefore, the order is passed under Sec.2 of Epidemic

Diseases Act, 1897, read with Karnataka Epidemic Disease

Ordinance, 2020 to control the spread of COVID-l9 & in the

public interest," it added.

Bengaluru till last evening has reported a total of 1,505

positive cases of COVID -19, which includes 73 deaths and 435

discharges. The city on Tuesday reported 107 new positive

cases. PTI KSU


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