Last Updated: May 20, 2021, 0906 hrs

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, on Wednesday, virtually inaugurated a 150-bed COVID-19 treatment centre at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru. The centre is located near the cargo terminal, and is open to employees working at KIA as well as the general public.

The centre is equipped with a pharmacy, pathology unit, nurses’ station, restrooms, dining area and drinking water facilities. An ambulance would be on standby 24×7 to cater to emergencies. This facility is not equipped to treat pregnant women or moderate cases, and those requiring high flow oxygen support or ICU beds.

Basially. the facility is designed to treat asymptomatic patients with mild hypoxia (a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level).

Treatment would be free of cost, while patients would have to bear charges for medicines, tests and self-arranged ambulances. The patient would have to carry an Aadhaar card, prescription provided by the referral hospital and relevant medical documents.

An eminent panel of doctors, including Dr Naresh Shetty, Dr Nandakumar Jairam and Dr Alexander Thomas, would provide technical assistance in the centre’s functioning.

Patients can get admission at the centre by contacting the Nodal Officers (Sannappaiah -9448116661) and Dr Sanjay -9538279991) or through recommendation from a referral hospital.

Funded by Fairfax Financial Holdings Group, the initiative, launched in partnership with GiveIndia, is part-funded by Kempegowda International Airport Foundation (KIAF) – the foundation of Bangalore International Airport Limited. The initiative will be managed by Fairfax Financial Holdings Group’s investee companies – BIAL and Quess Corp Limited.

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