ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Arunachal Pradesh Govt has initiated a long-term policy for developing robust health infrastructure in the state to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with focus on health sector for next two years Chief Minister Pema Khandu said on Monday.
The GoAP has decided to utilize funds under North East Special Infrastructure Development (NESID) and North East Council for upgrading the state’s health sector, he told reporters in his office here on Monday.
“A long-term policy for robust infrastructure and facilities for state’s all 25 district hospitals has been rolled out with proposed allocation of Rs 350 crore, he said, adding that COVID-19 cases in the state is quite low which was possible only because of the nodal officers appointed by the state government in various states of the country who took tremendous pain in taking all precautions for stranded people by supplying them food items and essentials for which the spread of the virus was minimized.
“The GoAP to tackle the pandemic has provided funds to all 26 DCs by providing Rs 12 lakh each from state disaster response fund to deal with the situation Rs 1.3 crore has been released separately from chief minister relief fund (CMRF) to all the SPs,” he said.
The GoAP had also released Rs 15 crore under Mukhya Mantri Rogi Kalyan Kosh (MMRKK) to the districts besides reducing the salaries of all lawmakers by 30 percent from April this year to March 2021, Khandu said, adding “the salries will go to the state exchequer and will be used in the fight against COVID-19.”
The GoAP had already notified Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences at Naharlagun near here and North East Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) at Pasighat in East Siang district as dedicated Covid-19 hospitals, he said.
“The GoAP has released Rs 5.20 crore from the CMRF for state people who are stranded in other states because of the nation-wide lockdown. The amount was released to assist 14,859 stranded people, which was credited directly to their bank accounts through direct bank transfer,” he said.
He added that the GoAP would soon recruit 150 staff nurses at district level besides installing 14 Truenat machines at Tawang, Bomdila, Naharlagun, Pasighat, Roing, Changlang, Khonsa, Daporijo and Ziro for sample testing.
“The GoAP has also proposed procurement of 30 ambulances, MRI scan, CT scan and other 237 equipments for ten district hospitals under NESIDS besides, upgradation of infrastructure at 18 district hospitals and recruitment of 60 vacant posts of general duty medical officers through Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) to strengthen the health sector,” he disclosed and added that all 12 entry check gates of the state would be equipped with Truenat machines soon.
On allegations about low standard food in quarantine facilities and violation of physical distancing norms, the CM urged the media to inform him about such lapses for immediate rectification. (Agency)