Centre sanctions Rs 15,000 crore to fight coronavirus pandemic

9/04/2020 at 10:40 PM

New Delhi, April 9: The Central government today authorized Rs 15,000 crore to reinforce the fight in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic. The total sum has been released towards the ‘India Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’.

Of the Rs 7,774 crore will be utilized for Emergency Response and the rest will be for medium-term support for a span of 1 to 4 years. It will be put forward under a ‘mission mode’ approach.

“These interventions and initiatives would be implemented under the overall umbrella of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This will allow for rapidly ramping up the number of coronavirus testing facilities, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Isolation Beds, ICU beds, ventilators and other essential equipment,” the government release said.

“The emergency amount will also be put to use to train medical and paramedical manpower resources at a time when India needs more medical professionals as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The major share of the expenditure will be used for mounting robust emergency response, strengthening national and state health systems followed by strengthening pandemic research and multi-sector national institutions and platforms,” it added.

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