S Ramesh
Mysuru: Amid surging Covid cases, Chamarajanagar District Administration has converted the government run Archery and Fencing School located at Santhemarahalli into a Covid Care Center (CCC) .
The district, which was recording single-digit cases until the first week of January, is seeing a sudden spike in cases.
As of Friday, the district had 1,593 active cases with 1,313 patients placed in home isolation. Rural areas are seeing more cases than urban areas, officials say.
The district administration has issued an order to convert the archery school into a 60-bed CCC to treat patients from nearby Santhemarahalli villages.
No less than 40 tribal students from Soliga, Betta Kuruba, Jenu Kuruba, Beda and other selected communities from Bidar, Hubballi-Dharwad, Chikkamagalur, Ballari, Mysuru, Shivamogga are undergoing training at the institution. Interns attend schools and colleges during the day. Among them, 11 are studying in high school, 16 are in PU and 13 are studying different courses at Kuderu Government First Grade College.
The school, established in 2016 on five acres by the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports (DYES), is a one-of-a-kind facility in the state that identifies and prepares tribal students across the world. ‘State.
The order issued by the district administration affected the training, and students began to leave the boarding school.
Also last year, the district administration transformed the school into a CCC from April to September. As all the schools were closed due to Covid last year, it did not particularly affect the studies and training in the establishment, but now with the new order from the district administration to convert the boarding school in CCC, students worry about the learning gap getting worse.
Speaking to TOI, Deputy Director of Youth Empowerment and Sports Affairs Anitha said that the district administration has made it possible for students to continue their education in schools and colleges in their hometowns. . “Apart from this, students can also take sports training in archery and fencing in other institutions in the state at the moment. The government has arranged hostels for their stay in Kuderu, Chamarajanagar and elsewhere,” she added.
District Health Officer Dr KM Vishweswaraiah told TOI as many as 28 Covid patients are being treated at the 60-bed Santhemarahalli Community Health Centre. “Health authorities will transfer additional cases to the archery school CCC once all beds are full at the community health center,” he added.