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Punjab works out Rs 332 crore plan for improving Covid response | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: To streamline its Covid-19 response, the Punjab government has worked out Rs 331.58 crore comprehensive plan for improving the health infrastructure after conducting a gap analysis.
The plan lays stress on enhancing existing capacity for early detection, prevention, and management with special focus on ramping up health infrastructure, including paediatric care and ensuring availability of required drugs and oxygen.
Of total funds, the central government will contribute Rs 198.98 crore under the emergency Covid response package while the state government will have to chip in with Rs 132.6 crore.
The plan has two components — priority non-negotiable and non-priority negotiable — and the state government will get nine-month time to complete the proposed works.
Under the priority non-negotiable component, the state government has proposed setting up a total of 27 paediatric units, one each in all the 23 district hospitals and medical colleges having a collective bed capacity of 1134. The cost of one unit has been worked out at Rs 3.89 crore.
The government intends to set up one centre of excellence for paediatric in medical college for which Rs 5 crore has been sought. RT-PCR testing facility in the public healthcare system in 17 districts. Each testing lab will cost Rs 30 lakh. For ensuring proper storage of liquid medical oxygen, the government has proposed to set up one storage tank in each district at a cost of Rs 6.6 crore.
Besides, there is a plan to have at least one medical gas pipeline system (MGPS) in each for which the state would require Rs 4.05 crore. A sum of Rs 2 crore has been sought for having hospital management information system in all medical colleges.
Under the non-priority negotiable component of the scheme, the government has proposed to set up six-bedded units in 100 primary health centres at a cost of Rs 9.83 crore and 20 bedded units at 26 community health centres and 42 sub-divisional health centres for which Rs 35 crore has been sought.
For essential drugs and consumables for Covid-19 management Rs one crore per district. For being able to conduct 60,000 tests — 30,000 RT-PCR and 30,000 RAT — the health department would require 81 lakh kits for which amount of Rs 97.20 crore has been proposed.
A total of 9.75 crore has been sought for tele-consultation services and Rs 26 crore for utilising services of undergraduate, postgraduate interns and final year MBBS, BSc and nursing students.
Punjab principal health Secretary Hussan Lal shared that the plan has been worked out after keeping in mind requirements for further improving the Covid response system. “The plan has been approved by the chief minister and will be submitted to the central government,” said Hussan Lal.





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