The Centre has 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 Health Ministry said on Thursday.
The financial assistance has been given to states and Union Territories on the basis of COVID-19 caseload.
States which received financial assistance in the second instalment include Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim, the ministry said as per a PTI report.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the Rs 15,000 crore package as part of the ‘Whole of Government’ approach wherein the Centre is leading the COVID-19 response and management, and supporting the states and UTs through technical and financial resources.
The second installment of the aid will be used to strengthen public health infrastructure for testing, including procurement and installation of RT-PCR machines, TrueNat and CB-NAAT machines, and development of ICU beds among others. The amount would also be spent to train and capacity building of human workforce including the para medical staff and ASHA workers.
The Central government had released the first installment of Rs 3,000 crore in April to augment hospital infrastructure and testing facilities.