Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP), a non-governmental organization, has turned its three training institutes into COVID care centers.

They are Janajagruti Madyamukta Samshodana Kendra in Ujire in Dakshina Kannda, Human Resources Training Center, Mysuru, and Jnanavikasa Training Center in Dharwad. Currently, 175 patients can be accommodated in these three centers. Arrangements have been made to increase patient capacity when needed, executive chairman LH Manjunath said in a statement on Monday.

SKDRDP President D. Veerendra Heggade has given instructions in this regard, he said.

Each of the three centers has the main equipment required for fever testing. There will be no charge for accommodation. Vehicles have been prepared for the transfer of patients to hospitals if necessary. Each center has two nurses. Food will be served free of charge to patients.

Mr Manjunath said that SKDRDP’s Grameena Shreshtata Kendra in Belthangady and the Rashtriya Swasahaya training center in Udupi will also be converted to COVID care centers if needed. A maximum of 800 patients can be accommodated in these five centers.

The Belthangady “Gelathi Family Counseling Center” will soon relaunch its counseling center for COVID-19 patients. In association with the Department of Health, he provided counseling services to 100 patients with COVID-19 last year, by phone.

The SKDRDP has announced that it will introduce 350 vehicles in rural areas of the state from Monday, for free round trip travel for COVID-19 patients from home to COVID hospitals / care centers. The service will be available for the next two weeks in the taluks served by the SKDRDP. In addition, he is converting from Monday his Grahaka Seva Kendras in villages to vaccination centers, allowing the government to use them to vaccinate people.