Quickly course of claims underneath insurance coverage scheme for COVID-19 well being staff: Centre to states

New Delhi, August 9

The Centre has requested states and Union Territories to shortly course of claims underneath the Rs 50-lakh insurance coverage scheme for frontline healthcare staff engaged in COVID-19 duties as the quilt is accessible until September.

In a letter to the states and UTs, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan requested them to accord prime precedence to the safety and well-being of healthcare suppliers, medical employees and frontline staff.

He additionally informed them to provoke deterrent motion towards the perpetrators of violence towards frontline COVID-19 staff underneath the Epidemic Disease (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

“In the final six months, the Central authorities and states have tackled COVID-19 pandemic and have gained beneficial expertise.

“One of the important learnings has been the critical importance of securing and safeguarding our frontline healthcare workers,” Bhushan mentioned in his letter.

The ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19’ was introduced to supply Rs 50-lakh insurance coverage cowl for public healthcare suppliers and personal hospital employees/retired/volunteer/native city our bodies/ contract/ every day wage/ad-hoc/outsourced employees requisitioned for COVID-19 work together with group well being staff, who could have been in direct contact and care of coronavirus sufferers.

The scheme additionally consists of unintended lack of life on account of contracting COVID-19.

“Since this insurance coverage is available till September 2020, all states are expected to quickly process such claims and send them to this ministry/insurance company on a priority basis,” Bhushan wrote to further chief secretaries and well being secretaries of states.

The Union Health Secretary additionally requested the states and UTs to make sure equitable distribution of non-public protecting gear (PPE) amongst healthcare staff citing these can be found in ample amount.

He underscored the necessity for well timed fee of salaries and honorariums to healthcare staff and requested states to discover varied rostering choices for docs and paramedics to keep away from fatigue amongst them.

Bhushan additionally highlighted using hydroxychloroquine for prophylaxis towards COVID-19 amongst frontline staff who might be probably uncovered to the illness be complied with.

“I urge you to ensure that all necessary interventions for securing and safeguarding the well-being of our frontline healthcare workers who are sincerely engaged in fighting the pandemic must be implemented,” he added. PTI


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