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Additional Rs 23, 220 crore earmarked for one year for public health care sector, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

With the additional Rs 23,220 crore earmarked for one year, FM Sitharaman said funding for short term HR augmentation through medical students (interns, residents, final year) and nursing students, will be focused on.

June 28, 2021 / 05:39 PM IST
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Image: Twitter/@FinMinIndia)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Image: Twitter/@FinMinIndia)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on June 28 announced an additional Rs 23,220 crore for short-term emergency preparedness with an emphasis on pediatric care. This is on top of Rs 15,000 crore provided in the budget.

With the additional Rs 23,220 crore earmarked for one year, FM Sitharaman said funding for short term HR augmentation through medical students (interns, residents, final year) and nursing students, will be focused on. Further, the scheme will focus on increasing the availability of ICU Beds, oxygen supply at the central district and sub-district level.

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Adequate availability of equipment, medicines, access to teleconsultation and ambulance services will be ensured, informed the finance minister. She also informed that there will be an enhanced testing capacity and supportive diagnostics to strengthen the capacity of surveillance and genome sequencing.