The Karnataka health cares’ salaries, under the National Health Mission (NHM), has been hiked from ₹25,000 to ₹45,000 considering the possible health exposure and extra workload from the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Sudhakar conveyed the media that, “the state government will bear the cost of the hike in salaries of the doctors and also the ASHA workers too will get a hike in their pay soon.”
After a thorough meeting between Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and the Education Minister, it is suggested that the booth level committees will initiate an early door to door survey for the detection of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) including vulnerable persons.
“Normally, for those working under the NHM, 60 per cent of the salary component is given by the Centre and 40 per cent by the state. However, for six months, the state government will give the full salary component”, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said. He also asked the private hospitals to “admit and treat COVID-19 patients and to not be hesitant in admitting pregnant women”. Also, random testing will also be held among the people in the containment zones to break off further spread of the Coronavirus.