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More than Rs 21.12 Cr spent for Covid-19 management in Nagaland: H&FW Deptt

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Kohima, June 4: The Nagaland Health and Family Welfare (HFW) Department has spent more than Rs 21.12 crore for various activities towards management of COVID-19 pandemic in the State.
This was said by State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, Dr Nyanthung Kikon while making a powerpoint presentation on the contingency fund flow during a press conference at the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare here today.
The total expenditure so far is Rs 21,12,50,602, he said.

Giving the break-up, Dr Kikon said a total of Rs 5,23,07,630 have been distributed to the districts for COVID-19 management while Rs 23,44,937 spend on Meriema Quarantine Centre, Rs 1,73,600 on ATI Quarantine Centre, Rs 34,16,000 on K Badze Quarantine Centre, Rs 8,66,44,018 on setting up of BSL-3 Kohima, Rs 3,69,81,164 on BSL-2 at CIHSR Dimapur and Rs 2,03,83,253 on BSL-2 Tuensang.
On the financial status through National Health Mission for COVID-19 management, Dr Kikon said during the financial year 2019-20 total amount received is Rs 412.22 lakh while expenditure is Rs 414.29 lakh with Rs 2.07 lakh deficit.
For financial year 2021-22, he said Rs 853.42 lakh was received of which Rs 32.42 lakh was for vaccination of 18-44 age group people by the State government while expenditure incurred is 756.65 lakh and Rs 72.48 lakh for vaccination of 18-44 age group people.
The grand total received through NHM and State government is Rs 1,265.64 lakh while expenditure is 1,243.42 lakh, with balance of Rs 24.29 lakh, he said.
Rs 284.10 lakh is pending with the State treasury, he said.
On the capacity of COVID-19 Hospitals in the State, Dr Kikon said there are 378 non-oxygen beds, Oxygen supported beds are 535 and total ICU beds are 101.
Bed Occupancy as on June 3 is 29% of oxygen supported beds and 28% of ICU beds, he said.
Total beds in COVID Care Centers are 1332 and occupancy is 14 percent, he said.
He said oxygen availability in the State are: D Type – 1931, B Type – 2594, A Type – 512 and Oxygen Concentrators – 852.
Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Plants: PSA Plants are presently operational in Dimapur and Kohima, he said, adding that installation is completed in Mokokchung while 8 more districts will soon be covered by PSA plants (6 from UNICEF and 2 from UNDP. Civil works are ongoing).
Two 1000 LPM plants from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Naga Hospital Authority Kohima and CIHSR Dimapur are in the pipeline, he informed.
Oxygen Depots: State Depot at Chumukidema Police Complex is catering to Dimapur and Peren districts while refilling for Kohima Zonal Depot.
Zonal Depot at Mokokchung caters to Mokokchung, Tuensang, Noklak, Longleng and Zunheboto districts and refilling to be done directly from Sivasagar.
Zonal Depot at Kohima caters to Kohima, Phek, Wokha and Kiphire districts while Mon district gets refilling directly with Sivasagar and Dibrugarh plants in Assam.
He said that 3,410 oxygen cylinders (both D and B types) have been distributed to the districts which include – Dimapur 856, Kohima 596, Tuensang (including Noklak) 362, Mokokchung 283, Mon 281, Phek 191, Wokha 164, Kiphire 162, Zunheboto 157, Peren 150, Longleng 117 and Private Hospital 91, he said.
On COVID-19 vaccination drive, he said the target beneficiaries in the 18 to 44 years group is 7,96,118 of which only 31,268 beneficiaries have been vaccinated, which is merely 3.9 percent.
For above 45 years and above, he said the target is 4,54,527 as per the census of which 1,23,381 have received the first dose and 15,998 got second dose of vaccine till June 3, he said.
Initiatives to Augment Human Resources:
Dr Kikon said that in addition to the engagement of the 390 posts created in 20202 on temporary basis, the following measures have been initiated to Augment Human Resources for COVID-19 management in the State.

State Government scheme for Ex-Gratia of Rs. 10.00 lakhs to all Government and Non-Government Functionaries involved in combating COVID-19.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package for Ex-Gratia of Rs. 50.00 lakhs) to all Health Care Workers in public and private sector involved in combating COVID-19.
Preference in Government Appointment by awarding 25% of the total marks for respective recruitment examination, to all HCWs in Government and Private establishments who have rendered Covid-19 services for at least 100 days.
Engagement of HCW for a short term basis entitled for remuneration of above 25% of the entry level salary of the respective grade of regular employees.
HCW in the private sector engaged in Covid-19 management if contracted Covid-19 while on duty will be entitled for Reimbursement of expenditure incurred for treatment on the same pattern as for Government employees.
In-Service Medical Officers who have rendered at least 100 days of Covid duty will be entitled for preference for Study Leave for undergoing further studies.
Engagement of Interns, Final and 2nd Year students for Non-Covid duty.

All Statutory Professional Councils- Nagaland Medical Council, Nagaland Dental Councils, Nagaland Nursing Councils, Nagaland Pharmacy Council, etc has directed its fraternity members to render their duties in compliance with the professional Conduct, Etiquette & Ethics and any non-compliance including refusal to treat covid-19 patients, failure to report to duty, tendering resignations unless on health ground shall be punishable as per the Rules and Regulations.
Engagement of Interns, Final and 2nd Year students of various medical professional courses for Non-Covid duty, said Dr Kikon. (Page News Service)