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
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