January 23, 2021

Centre releases Rs 890 crore as 2nd tranche of package deal for Covid well being system preparedness

NEW DELHI: The Centre has launched Rs 890.32 crore because the second installment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Well being System Preparedness package deal to 22 states and Union Territories, the Well being Ministry stated on Thursday. The quantity of monetary help to every state and Union Territories is predicated on their COVID-19 caseload.

Those that obtained monetary help within the second installment embody Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim, the ministry stated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had introduced the Rs 15,000 crore package deal as a part of the ‘Entire of Authorities’ strategy whereby the Centre is main the COVID-19 response and administration, and supporting the states and UTs by way of technical and monetary assets.

The second installment of the help can be used to strengthen public well being infrastructure for testing, together with procurement and set up of RT-PCR machines, RNA extraction kits, TrueNat and CB-NAAT machines, bolster infrastructure for therapy and growth of ICU beds, set up of oxygen mills and procurement of bedside oxygen concentrators amongst others.

It will even be used for engagement, coaching and capability constructing of needed human assets and incentives to healthcare workforce and volunteers, together with ASHA employees on COVID-19 duties, the well being ministry stated, including that wherever needed, volunteers registered on the COVID Warriors portal can also be engaged in coronavirus duties.

The primary installment of Rs 3,000 crore was launched in April to all states and UTs to assist and allow them ramp up testing amenities, increase hospital infrastructure, conduct surveillance actions together with procurement of important gear, medication and different provides, the well being ministry stated.

As a part of this package deal, states and Union territories have been strengthened with 5,80,342 isolation beds, 1,36,068 oxygen-supported beds and 31,255 ICU beds.

Additionally, 86,88,357 testing kits and 79,88,366 Vial Transport Media (VTM) have been procured by them. As many as 96,557 human useful resource has been added and incentive has been given to six,65,799 human assets. The package deal has aided provision of mobility assist to 11,821 workers, the ministry stated.