WHY IN NEWS
- On 20th June, 2021 Government of India has informed the Supreme Court about the status of India’s
- Healthcare infrastructure.
- This information is especially related to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
STATUS OF INDIS’S HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE
As per the information data provided by the Government of India to the apex court i.e., Supreme Court of India are
- The total intensive care unit (ICU) beds had increased by 45-fold from a baseline of 2500 to 1,13035.
- The total isolation beds (excluding ICU beds) had climbed 42-fold from 41,000 to 17.17 lakh.
- The number of categories one COVID-19 dedicated hospitals had increased 25-fold from 163 to 4,096 while the number of category two dedicated COVID-19 health centers and category and category three dedicated COVID-19 care centers were 7929 and 9954 respectively.
- Oxygen-supported beds had multiplied 7.5 fold, from 50,583 to 3.81 lakh.
- The government also pointed out the ‘phenomenal’ increase in the testing capacity with 2,621 labs performing opposed to 30,000 tests a day in April 2020.
- Isolation railway coaches grew from zero to 5,601.
- Over 1.5 lakh health personnel have been engaged
- Insurance coverage was given to 22.12 lakhs health workers, including ASHA’S fighting COVID-19.
- More than, 1,000 additional pressure swing adsorption (PSA) plants at the cost of Rs. 1,137 crore were approved to be set up in various public health facilities across the country. This would take the tally to 1,213 PSA plants funded through the PM CARES Fund.
- The ceiling limit for the expenditure of the State Disaster Response Fund has been increased from 35 per cent to 50 percent in 2020-21 to finance COVID-19 containment measures.
However it is evident that the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic will be more controlled due to vaccination drive but there is need to keep an eye on the health in an integrated manner with high alert.