Chief Minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh today approved allocation of Rs 331 crore in addition to the money already allotted for emergency Covid response.

During a virtual meeting on Covid review, he ordered establishment of a paediatric unit in each district and one centre of excellence in paediatrics for the state. The government, he further announced, will also establish liquid medical oxygen storage tanks in every district to ensure 24X7 availability of medical grade oxygen. Medical gas pipeline systems will also be set up at each district, sub-division and CHC level, he said, announcing the establishment of 17 additional RTPCR labs. ICU beds in government hospitals shall also be increased to 142, and a hub and scope model for telemedicine and teleconsultation shall also be established, he said.

Dr KK Talwar, head of expert group on Covid, said the state was currently in a comfortable situation, though the fear of a possible third wave prevailed, with ICMR predicting it by end of August or beginning of September. “The situation may not be as bad as in the second wave unless a new variant is reported,” he said

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