The Centre has sanctioned 15,000 crore rupees for India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package.
Out of it, 7,774 crore rupees will be utilized for immediate COVID-19 Emergency Response and rest for medium-term support of one to four years to be provided under mission mode approach.
The key objectives of the package include mounting emergency response to slow and limit COVID-19 in the country through the development of diagnostics and COVID-19 dedicated treatment facilities, centralized procurement of essential medical equipment and drugs required for treatment of infected patients.
It also aims to strengthen and build resilient National and State health systems to support prevention and preparedness for future disease outbreak.
It also include setting up of laboratories and bolster surveillance activities, bio-security preparedness, pandemic research and proactively engage communities and conduct risk communication activities.
These interventions and initiatives would be implemented under the overall umbrella of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Source : All India Radio