In 1st meet after rejig, Cabinet OKs 23,123 crore for Covid infrastructure | India News

NEW DELHI: In its first Cupboard assembly after reshuffle, the Centre accredited the Rs 23,123 crore bundle allotted for emergency response to Covid-19, with the concentrate on fast wants for the subsequent 9 months of FY 21-22.
This would come with creation of extra infrastructure for paediatric care, repurposing of hospital beds for Covid administration, strengthening of genome sequencing, increase ICU services, set up of extra oxygen tanks and creation of buffer inventory of important medicines. Of the entire fund outlay, Rs 15,000 crore could be contributed by the Centre and Rs 8,123 crore by the states. That is the second such bundle accredited by the Centre. The primary Covid-19 response bundle was given by the federal government in April 2020.
The ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response & Well being System Preparedness Package deal: Section-II’ can have two foremost elements – the Central Sector (CS) and Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) elements.
The fund will likely be utilised by the Centre and the state authorities to supply assist to authorities hospitals, companies to reinforce their present response to the second wave and the evolving pandemic, together with at district and sub district ranges in peripheral services, the federal government mentioned.
“This will likely be allotted to the states after session with them,” well being minister Mansukh Mandaviya mentioned.
Below the central sector element, assist could be offered to Central hospitals, together with AIIMS, and different establishments for repurposing 6,688 beds for Covid administration. Apart from, the Nationwide Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) could be strengthened by offering genome sequencing machines, in addition to sanctioning scientific management room, Epidemic Intelligence Providers (EIS) and INSACOG Secretariat assist. The fund will even be used for offering assist for implementation of Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) in all of the district hospitals. “This would be the greatest impetus for implementation of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) on the district hospitals,” the federal government mentioned.
The central element will likely be additionally used for increasing tele-consultation providers as much as 5 lakhs per day from the current 50,000, and IT interventions and assist, together with CoWin.
Below the centrally sponsored scheme, efforts will likely be geared toward strengthening district and sub district capability for an efficient and fast response to the pandemic, the federal government mentioned.
The fund’s CSS element could be utilised to assist states and UTs to create paediatric items in all 736 districts and likewise, to ascertain Paediatric Centre of Excellence in every state and UT. It additionally goals to reinforce 20,000 ICU beds within the public healthcare system out of which 20% will likely be paediatric ICU beds.
The fund will even be used for including extra beds on the present group, major and secondary well being centres to make sure nearer to the group care because of the ingress of Covid-19 in rural, peri-urban and tribal areas. Whereas these will likely be six to 20 bedded items, assist would even be offered to ascertain greater area hospitals (50-100 bedded items) relying on the wants at tier-II or tier-III cities and districts.
The federal government additionally plans to reinforce the prevailing toes of ambulances and add 8,800 ambulances underneath the bundle.

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