Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced on Tuesday that doctors and para-medical staff working in Kovid hospitals would get financial incentives by June this year.
An incentive of Rs 3,000 per month will be provided to fourth and fifth year MBBS students, contract doctors and junior / senior residents, while nursing students, general nursing and midwifery (GNM) third year students and contracted lab staff will be provided an incentive of Rs. Will go. 1,500 per month, he said.
The announcement was made during a video meeting with the officials of Kangra convened in view of the sharp rise in the epidemic cases in the district.
Later in the day, the Chief Minister visited Radhaswami Satsang Vyas in Paraur in the district and directed the officials to create an additional bed capacity of 250 within the next 10 days, which would gradually increase to around 1,000 beds.
Kangra Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Prajapati said that 19,570 samples out of 3,59,489 samples have been tested so far in Kangra.
He said that there were 5,384 active cases in the district and positivity rate was 5.44 percent while recovery rate was 70.34 percent.
Mr. Prajapati further said that the vaccination campaign was going smoothly and that till now, 3,82,851 doses of the vaccine have been given to workers, corona warriors and people above 45 years of age.
The Chief Minister has directed the officials to ensure smooth supply of oxygen and increase the availability of ICU beds in Kangra.
He said that private laboratories should be made compulsory and RT-PCR tests were carried out and results were provided as soon as possible.
He also said that in addition to making adequate arrangements to leave them home after treatment, a fungicidal system should be developed to transport patients to hospitals.
The central government has approved six PSA oxygen plants for the state, which will be set up at the Civil Hospital, Palampur; Zonal Hospital, Mandi; Civil Hospital, Rohru and Civil Hospital, Khaneri; YS Parmar Government Medical College and Hospital, Nahan; And Regional Hospital, Solan, Chief Minister noted.
He said that this would ensure adequate oxygen supply to about 1,400 beds in these health institutions.
In addition to the 1,000-bed capacity being built at Parour, an attempt was made to build a 200-bed capacity at Radha Swami Satsang Vyas Complex in Mandi and 300 beds at IGMCH’s new OPD block at Simla.
In addition, space has also been identified to create an additional 500 bed capacity for COVID patients in the Baddi-Barotiwala area.