To help states and UTs in preventing Coronavirus infection, the Central Government has approved a ‘COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’ worth Rs 15,000 crore. Giving this information, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Luv Agarwal said that under this package, a separate hospital for Corona patients and supply of necessary medical resources including laboratory will be ensured.
The Health Ministry assured that an adequate number of resources, including personal protective equipment (PPE) of medical personnel, would be available and there was no need to be apprehensive about the availability of PPE. Agarwal dismissed the fears of the shortage saying that 20 companies in India are manufacturing PPE. Orders have been placed to buy PPE worth about Rs 1.7 crore. Besides, 49 thousand ventilators are also being purchased. He informed that there is enough stock available in the country of hydroxychloroquine, a medicine given to health workers and patients suspected of infection. He said that the Ministry of Railways has converted 3250 coaches into quarantine units. Railways will convert a total of 5 thousand coaches.
In the midst of the Corona crisis, the Center has been appreciated by some of Karnal’s entrepreneurs and NRI’s ‘Adopt a Family’ initiative. Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Love Aggarwal said, under this campaign, 13 thousand needy families are being given assistance of Rs 64 lakh. Along with this, the district administration is also sending food to about 90 thousand needy people. The ministry also appreciated the Karnal administration for using ‘live tracker’ to monitor the health of quarantined people in their homes. Aggarwal said that the Karnal administration is also using the online delivery application ‘Need on Wheels’ to deliver essential goods to people’s homes.
Cases increased in Punjab to 130: On Thursday, 24 new cases of corona infection were reported in Punjab, which has increased the number of infected people to 130 in the state. Officials said 2 more people have died, bringing the death toll to 10. Corona cases have been reported in 17 districts of the state.