Rs 317 Cr to Take on Covid Third Wave in Telangana

Hyderabad: To ensure medical infrastructure in government hospitals is not overwhelmed during a possible third Covid wave, the State government has launched a massive exercise to augment healthcare facilities across Telangana with an expenditure of Rs 317 crore.

As part of these efforts, Health Department is in the process of creating 20,000 additional hospital beds for infants and adolescents out of which 10,000 beds will be available in the government sector while the remaining will be available in private healthcare institutions. The 20,000 beds for children are in addition to the 55,442 hospital beds that were created in the State for the second Covid wave.

The authorities have set-aside a budget of Rs 133.9 crore for paediatric infrastructure out of which Rs 122.34 crore will be spent to procure medical equipment for 1,200 paediatric ICU beds, Rs 3.64 crore towards surgical and consumables and Rs 7.88 crore for life saving drugs.

Although there was no shortage of medical oxygen, the second Covid wave had tested the limits of its availability in Telangana. Following this, the State government has decided to be self-reliant and is establishing oxygen generation plants across the State with a cost of Rs 103 crore.

As part of these efforts, about 132 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants are coming up in the State out of which 51 plants will have a capacity to generate oxygen at 1,000 litres per minute (LPM), about 61 plants with a capacity to generate 500 LPM and 20 oxygen plants with a capacity of 250 LPM. Also being set up are oxygen lines to 17,500 hospital beds in 133 government hospitals across Telangana with a cost of Rs 53.58 crore.

Focus on self-reliance

Rs 133.9 cr to develop infrastructure for paediatrics
Rs 122.34 cr for paediatric medical equipment
Rs 7.88 cr for life saving medicines
Rs 3.64 cr for consumables
Rs 103 cr to set up 135 oxygen generation plants
Rs 53.58 cr to equip 133 govt hospitals with oxygen lines
55,442 hospital beds for Covid patients
20,000 additional beds for kids and adolescents
10,000 beds each in govt and private hospitals
6,000 beds to have ICU facilities with oxygen and ventilators at govt hospitals
17,500 govt hospital beds to have oxygen supply lines
25% of TS population estimated to be below 18 years

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