Increase in the burden on healthcare system

Health and Family Welfare

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.238 TO BE ANSWERED ON 15TH SEPTEMBER, 2020 INCREASE IN THE BURDEN ON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM 238. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state: (a) whether there are any estimates of increased burden of unattended healthcare needs due to the Covid-19 burden on the health system; (b) if so, the details thereof; (c) whether there are plans of strengthening the health system to improve on management of infectious diseases in the country; (d) if so, the details thereof; and (e) if not, the reasons therefor? ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE (SHRI ASHWINI KUMAR CHOUBEY) (a) & (b): Centrally, there is no estimates available of increased burden of unattended healthcare needs due to the Covid-19 burden on the health system. (c) to (e): “Public health and hospitals” being a State subject, the primary responsibility of strengthening the health system to improve on management of infectious diseases including treatment of COVID-19 patients lies with the respective State governments. However, States/UTs are being provided required technical and financial assistance for managing the COVID-19 Public Health Challenge from time to time. States /UTs were given flexibility to use the resources available under National Health Mission to prepare the public healthcare system for COVID-19 management. Further, financial assistance to States/UTs has been given based on the number of cases and trends of COVID-19 Pandemic. Accordingly, all the States/ UTs are provided with necessary financial support under India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package. During FY 2020-21, funds of Rs 4256.81 crore have been released to the States/ UTs as on 10.09.2020 and the State wise amount allocated and released to each State/UT is given in the Annexu