Government releases Rs 7,200 crore to get 3rd-wave-ready


The health ministry has authorised launch of over Rs 7,200 crore or 50% of the Centre’s share within the Rs 23,123 crore emergency response bundle introduced in July.


The ministry is hopeful that each one 1,755 PSA oxygen producing vegetation will get commissioned by the tip of August. If oxygen vegetation to be set-up by PSUs are additionally taken into consideration, a complete of 2,200 such vegetation will probably be functioning within the close to future.


At current, round 375 vegetation have been commissioned throughout states and 500 are at a sophisticated stage and certain to be set-up quickly, as per the official sources.


The authorities is concentrated on medical infrastructure, buffer inventory of medicines and oxygen availability proper down to the district degree as precedence areas underneath the emergency response bundle to stop the chance of the shortages that occurred when the second wave struck.


As per tips of the response bundle, the ministry is concentrating on district degree oxygen availability with at the very least one 10,000 kilo litre oxygen tank on standby. It can be half of the plan to set up 961 Liquid Medical Oxygen storage tanks with assist to 1,450 amenities for Medical Gas Pipeline System (MGPS), with an intention to assist at the very least one such unit per district.


The well being ministry is getting ready in opposition to the benchmark of the height of case load reached within the second wave in May and likewise bearing in mind the challenges that Delta and Delta Plus variants have offered.


The ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package: Phase-II (ECRP-II package)’ amounting Rs 23,123 crore was authorised by the Cabinet on July 8. The fund sharing is Centre and state within the 60:40 ratio. This scheme is to be applied over 9 months from July 1 to March 31.


A little bit over Rs 1,827 crore was launched of the central share in July to states as advance to undertake preparatory actions. On Friday, primarily based on plans submitted by states, the well being ministry authorised launch of one other 35% of the whole central share of Rs 14,744 crore. According to sources, the ministry’s resolution to launch these funds on the preliminary levels itself is rooted within the thought that they need the states to have the funds to go forward and ship the needful.