In the wake of coronavirus outbreak worldwide, the Karnataka government is mulling to provide additional health insurance coverage to doctors and paramedics treating the COVID-19 cases and working in the laboratories besides existing schemes.
Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday stressed upon their safety as ‘paramount’,.
He also asked them to follow the guidelines laid down by the Health department while treating COVID-19 cases, the number of which has risen to four in the state.
He was speaking after inaugurating a new laboratory which will have testing facilities for coronavirus and other pathogens, including H1N1, at the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) at the Victoria Hospital campus in Bangalore.
“We are also thinking of providing, in addition to whatever schemes we have, extra health insurance to health officials who are working in labs and also in the hospitals who are treating COVID-19 cases,” he said.
The minister said the matter was under discussion and they would come out with an announcement.