All departments should create awareness on coronavirus: ZP CEO Jyothi

Medical shops fleecing people on purchase of N95 masks, says DHO Dr Venkatesh

Mysuru, March 11:- The KDP meeting of Mysuru Zilla Panchayat was held on Wednesday. The discussion concentrated on spreading awareness on coronavirus threat in the district.

“We don’t have enough masks as of now. Only 10,000 masks are available and 2,000 masks have been distributed to the staff. Remaining masks are kept for emergency situation. People are being educated on coronavirus threat. Special wards have been opened for coronavirus treatment if any case is detected,” said District Health Officer Dr R Venkatesh.

Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) K Jyothi instructed the officials to distribute pamphlets regarding Covid-19 awareness and asked them to inform the public regarding coronavirus as a lot of people visit government offices on a regular basis.

“No coronavirus cases have been detected in Mysuru as of now. Those who have cough and cold may visit isolation centre at KR Hospital and get themselves checked. If any person is diagnosed with coronavirus symptoms, they will be admitted for 14 days. As of now, we have only 10,000 masks. This triple-layer mask is not good enough to stop coronavirus from entering the body. It requires an N95 mask. Its market price is Rs 90, but medical shops are selling it at Rs 500 per piece,” said Dr Venkatesh.

“All the vehicles and people entering Karnataka from Kerala at HD Kote check-post are being screened. Zilla Panchayat has also discussed coronavirus. Bird flu scare has also been discussed. Some migratory birds have died at Hebbal Lake. The samples have been sent to Bengaluru to know the exact reasons for the death. Bird flu has treatment. No one has to be scared of it,” he added.

Zilla Panchayat president Parimala Shyam, vice president Gowramma Somashekar and others were present. (MR/KS)

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