15C
Delhi
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Centre releases Rs 890 cr as 2nd instalment to fight Covid

- Advertisement -

Karnataka bans people entering from 3 Covid-hit statesNew Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) The Central Government on Thursday released Rs 890.32 crore as the second instalment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package to 22 states and union territories.

The financial assistance is based on the COVID-19 caseload in these regions.

The second instalment will be used for strengthening the public health facilities infrastructure for testing including procurement and installation of RT-PCR machines, RNA extraction kits, TRUNAT and CBNAAT machines and BSL-II cabinets.

The states which were given financial assistance include Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim.

READ ALSO:  Dhoni's role behind the stumps critical for skipper Kohli: Tendulkar

The aid will also be used to strengthen the public health facilities infrastructure for treatment and development of ICU beds, installation of oxygen generators, cryogenic oxygen tanks and medical gas pipelines in public health facilities and procurement of oxygen concentrators, and engagement, training and capacity building of necessary Human Resources and incentives to healthcare workforce and volunteers, including ASHAs, on COVID duties.

The first instalment of Rs 3,000 crore was released in April to all states and union territories to aid and enable them to ramp up testing facilities, augment hospital infrastructure, conduct surveillance activities along with procurement of essential equipment, drugs, and other supplies.

In his address to the nation on March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that Rs 15 thousand crore have been provisioned for treating coronavirus patients and strengthening the medical infrastructure of the country.

READ ALSO:  India sets Guinness World Records of 'largest laundry lesson'

“This will allow for rapidly ramping up the number of Corona testing facilities, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), isolation Beds, ICU beds, ventilators, and other essential equipment. Simultaneously, training of medical and paramedical manpower will also be undertaken,” the Prime Minister had said.

READ ALSO:  SBI waives charges on online transactions

As part of this package, 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.

–IANS

India Updates
India Updates is an independent news & Information website. Follow us for regular updates on News and Information.

Follow Us On

Related News

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Topics In India

Covid 19 India Updates

Trending News In India

Trending Showbiz

Trending Sports

Latest Trending News In India

New Google Chrome update comes without Adobe Flash

New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS): Google has released Chrome 88 as the latest stable version of their cross-platform web browser without any support for Adobe...

Microsoft joins GM to build self-driving cars, invests in $2bn fund

San Francisco, Jan 19 (IANS) Before Apple begins its electric car journey, Microsoft on Tuesday teamed up with Cruise, the self-driving subsidiary of General...

Amazon ties up with Startup India to boost e-commerce exports

Bengaluru, Jan 19 (IANS) E-commerce major Amazon has partnered with Startup India to launch an accelerator programme to help early-stage startups in the consumer...

IBC changes for starting proceedings against corporate debtor valid: SC

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutional validity of amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) in...