Emergency COVID Response Plans – II (ECRP – II) funds

The Government of India recently announced that it has disbursed 50% of the ECRP – II funds. The announcement came as a clarification as some of the media reported that only 26.14% of the funds were disbursed. ECRP basically aims to accelerate the preparedness of health system.

ECRP – II

  • The ECRP – II is to be implemented between July 2021 and March 2022
  • For phase II, Rs 23,123 crores has been allocated
  • Central Share: Rs 15,000 crores and the rest by the states

What are the plans of ECRP – II?

Support to Central hospitals

The plan aims to support the major COVID centres such as AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, government hospitals in Shillong, Imphal, Delhi, Puducherry, Chandigarh; JIPMER. It will repurpose six thousand beds in these centres.

Strengthen NCDC

Genomic Sequencing machines are to be supplied to National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Also, Epidemic Intelligence Services, Scientific Control Room and INSACOG support are to be extended to NCDC.

Support to implement HMIS

HMIS is Hospital Management Information System. The ECRP – II will provide financial assistance to establish HMIS in all district hospitals.

Support to expand E – Sanjeevani

The National Architecture of E – Sanjeevani platform is to be expanded. The everyday tele – consultation limit is to be increased to five lakhs. Currently it is fifty thousand.

Support to IT

The Central War rooms located at the Department of Health and Family Welfare, COWIN platform, 1075 COVID helplines and COVID portals of the country are to be strengthened.

Create paediatric units

Paediatric units are to be established in all 736 districts.

Boost Oxygen supply

Install Liquid Medical Oxygen Storage Tanks

Augment Ambulance

Around 8,800 ambulances are to be added.

The plan also aims to engage undergraduate and post graduate interns, final MBBS students, nursing students. It will assist the districts in meeting their COVID-19 medicine requirement and management requirements. It will also support the states in achieving Test, Isolate and Treat strategy.

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