Addressing a press conference after the first meeting of the Union Cabinet following its reshuffle on Wednesday, the Union Cabinet Thursday approved a Rs 23,123-crore package for improving health infrastructure to fight COVID-19.
Mansukh Mandaviya, the new Health Minister, said that the package will be used with a special focus on child care as well as part of which around 2.4 lakh medical beds and 20,000 ICU ones would be created with a special focus on paediatric care.
Mandaviya said that this is the second phase of the Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package as the central government had given Rs 15,000 crore earlier for setting up Covid-dedicated hospitals and health centres across the country.
Under the new package, the Centre would provide Rs 15,000 crore and states Rs 8,123 crore, and the plan would be implemented jointly by them across all the 736 districts to improve medical infrastructure at primary and district health centres.
An official statement said that under the central sector components, support would be provided to central hospitals, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, and other Institutions of National Importance under DoHFW for repurposing 6,688 beds for COVID-19 management.