Centre releases Rs 890 crore as 2nd tranche of bundle for COVID-19 well being system preparedness

New Delhi, August 6

The Centre has launched Rs 890.32 crore because the second instalment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness bundle to 22 states and Union Territories, the Health Ministry stated on Thursday.

The quantity of economic help to every state and Union Territories relies on their COVID-19 caseload.

Those who obtained monetary help within the second instalment 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 bundle as a part of the ‘Whole of Government’ method whereby the Centre is main the COVID-19 response and administration, and supporting the states and UTs by way of technical and monetary sources.

The second instalment of the help might 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 improvement of ICU beds, set up of oxygen mills and procurement of bedside oxygen concentrators amongst others.

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

The first instalment of Rs 3,000 crore was launched in April to all states and UTs to help and allow them ramp up testing services, 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 bundle, states and Union territories have been strengthened with 5,80,342 isolation beds, 1,36,068 oxygen-supported beds and 31,255 ICU beds.

Also, 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 sources. The bundle has aided provision of mobility help to 11,821 employees, the ministry stated. PTI

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