The states and union territories (UTs) were requested to send their expenditure proposals at the earliest to enable expeditious approval and sanctioning from the union government. This was observed today at the union health ministry-held virtual conference that reviewed preparations under the recently approved Rs 23,123 crore. ‘India Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Package: Phase II’ with Health Secretaries and senior officials of all states and union territories.
On 8 July, Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister had approved the new scheme ‘India Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project: Phase-II’ with Rs 23,123 crore for FY 2021-22. This will be implemented from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022.
Phase-II of the package Emergency has Central Sector (CS) and Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) components.
This scheme aims to accelerate health system preparedness for immediate responsiveness for early prevention, detection and management with a sharp focus on health infrastructure development, including paediatric care and with measurable outcomes. This will help in strengthening decentralised public health actions and public health facilities in rural, peri-urban and tribal areas, according to the union health ministry.
During the review meeting, states and UTs were guided on policies and guidelines from the union health ministry on different aspects of the Covid management which would help them in strengthening their healthcare infrastructure to streamline the Covid-19 response.