Karnataka Covid wrap: Task force decides to import 5 lakh Remdesivir vials

Karnataka Covid wrap: Task force decides to import 5 lakh Remdesivir vials

The Indian Express

In a bid to meet the growing demand for Remdesivir among Covid-19 patients in the state, the Karnataka Covid Task Force Tuesday decided to import 5 lakh vials of the antiviral drug. The panel, headed by Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan, also decided to procure rapid antigen testing kits on a fast-track basis.

Further, the ministerial task force decided to fulfill the demand of concerned stakeholders to hike the charges approved for treatment at private hospitals in the state. 'It has been decided to increase the (daily) cost paid by the government to private hospitals to Rs 8000 instead of Rs 7000 for oxygenated beds, Rs 9750 in place of Rs 8500 for ICU beds without the ventilator, and Rs 11,500 instead of Rs 10,000 day for ICU beds with the ventilator,' Ashwathnarayan explained.

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