The Karnataka government has issued orders to provide quality and nutritious food to COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in designated hospitals, an official said on Thursday. The order comes after complaints were raised about the food given to COVID-19 patients at hospitals in Bengaluru and other parts of the state.
"Aimed at improving the immunity power in COVID-19 patients, they shall be provided with quality and nutritious food on time, as suggested by dieticians," said Jawaid Akhtar, Health Secretary of Karnataka.
According to the new order, breakfast will be served at 7 am, lunch at 1 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Here’s the new diet chart for COVID-19 patients:
Monday: Rava Idli
Wednesday: Set Dosa
Thursday: Rice Idli
Friday: Bisi Bele Bath
Saturday: Chow chow bath
Sunday: Set Dosa
Refreshments after breakfast
Patients will be provided one fruit every day. Fruits such as watermelon, papaya and muskmelon will be served on alternate days.
All patients will receive roti, chapati, palya (a dish made with beans), rice, dal, egg and curd for lunch.
At 5 pm every evening, they will be served one banana and three cookies, two protein cookies, two dates and a mango bar for vitamin C.
Dinner, which will be served at 9 pm, will consist of roti, chapati, palya, rice, dal and curd and flavoured milk.
According to the health department, the new diet plan will benefit 8,194 COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment at designated hospitals across the southern state.
With inputs from IANS