Health dept announces Covid vaccines rates fixed for private hospitals
Oxygen concentrators from PM Care to be installed at rural health centres
Ranchi, June 10: State Covid hospitals (both private and state-owned) will have to provide action taken report on fire safety compliances to the state health department on June 12.
A letter in this connection has been written by mission director National Health Mission (NHM) Jharkhand, Ravishankar Shukla to all the 24 deputy commissioners to submit action taken report on fire safety compliances as per the direction of the Supreme Court order in the month of May.
“The letter has been written in view of the directive of Supreme Court on fire safety provisions at Covid hospitals. The private and state owned Covid hospitals will have to inform to the health department a nodal officer for fire safety who will be responsible for making fire safety compliances, conduction of monthly fire safety audit in the hospital and no-objection certificate from director general fire safety Jharkhand. The deputy commissioners have been directed to direct civil surgeons and district program manager (national health mission) to attend a video conference with the action taken report of the Covid hospitals on June 12 during a review meeting at Ranchi. We will in a position to inform how many hospitals in Jharkhand are complying with fire safety norms on June 12,” said state health department nodal officer, Siddharth Tripathy.
Significantly, on Wednesday, Jharkhand added three more deaths due to Covid taking the total mortality figure to 5076 and added 302 more positive cases taking the active case load to 4783. The state positivity rate is 0.75, recovery rate is 97.12 per cent and mortality rate is 1.48 per cent. Till Wednesday, there were a total of 67 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) and 46 suspected cases of black fungus. So far there has been 19 deaths due to mucormycosis in Jharkhand.
The Jharkhand government on Thursday directed private hospitals on rates of the vaccines as decided by the Union health ministry.
Officer on special duty (vaccination) National Health Mission, Jharkhand, Naman Priyesh Lakra has directed all civil surgeons in 24 districts to inform all private hospitals in their area of jurisdiction about the rates fixed by Union government for the vaccines.
Significantly, Union health ministry had on June 8 informed the states about fixation of maximum price per dose for Covid-19 vaccination after the revised guidelines for implemnation of National Covid vaccination program was issued on the same date.
“Based on the prices currently declared by the manufacturers for the two vaccines allocated to Jharkhand, a private hospital can charge a maximum of Rs 780 for a single dose of Covishield and Rs 1410 for a single dose of Covaxin. This will include GST and the service charge (Rs 150),” the Jharkhand health department informs the civil surgeons.
The Jharkhand government following direction from the Union health ministry has appointed state surveillance officer, Dr Rakesh Dayal as nodal officer for oxygen concentrators to be provided for community health centres, primary health centers and sub-health centers (panchayat level) under PM Care fund.
The Union government would be providing nearly one lakh oxygen concentrators to all the states and Union Territories of the country.
Meanwhile, state health minister Banna Gupta on Thursday directed the additional chief secretary (health) Arun Kumar Singh to arrange for vaccination of Tana Bhagats (tribal following philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi in different parts of Jharkhand) near their places of residences in a camp mode by identifying them.