Thermal screening will be done for passengers arriving from China, including Hong Kong, at the Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi airports, apart from the three identified earlier in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Launched in September 2018, PMJAY is the tertiery care arm of Ayushman Bharat, the flagship health programme of the NDA government, under which eligible families are covered for health expenses of up to Rs 5 lakh per year.
In a recent finance meeting, Rs 500 crore from PMJAY’s original kitty of Rs 6,400 crore was therefore allotted to the cash-strapped Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), which has close to Rs 1,000 crore dues pending to private hospitals, which are threatening to exit government schemes.
As outrage continues over the deaths of babies in J K Lon Hospital in Kota, Rajasthan, and in the civil hospital in Rajkot, Gujarat, the fact remains that India has the most child deaths in the world. In 2017, UNICEF estimated 8,02,000 babies had died in India.
He also flagged equipment problems in the state government hospital. “It is learnt that out of 533 equipment, 320 are not functional for want or annual maintenance contract (AMC) and there is absence of oxygen pipeline in special newborn care unit.