Uttar Pradesh: State government to bear treatment cost of COVID-19 patients in public and private hospitals

Lucknow: After declaring vaccination free of cost for above 18 years of age in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced free treatment of all Covid-19 positive patients in government and private hospitals.

The Chief Minister made this announcement after holding a virtual meeting of the Team-11 on Sunday. He, however, warned action against any government or private hospitals denying treatment to coronavirus positive patients.

“No private or government hospital can deny treatment of Covid-19 positive patients when the government is bearing the cost. All such patients be attended on arrival without fail and treatment be given on priority,” he said.

The Chief Minister also directed officials to ensure that no charges are realized for the cremation of those dying due to covid-19. A directive has been issued to all District Magistrates in this regard.

He also directed to refer patients to private covid hospitals if beds are not available in government hospitals. “Private hospitals will be paid rate fixed in the Ayushman Bharat health scheme,” he said.

The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over 25,633 patients discharged in the last 24 hours. “It is a pleasant situation and the result of my team’s sustained efforts to treat patients and enforce Covid-19 guidelines strictly,” said Yogi Adityanath.

The CM claimed that more covid beds will be available shortly after the makeshift hospitals, being set up by the DRDO, are operational by the end of this month.

On shortage of oxygen, he ordered for the audit of supplies to private hospitals by the IIM and IIT experts to expose any conspiracy behind the shortage despite adequate buffer stock. “Now we have adequate stock of oxygen and the demand and supply is being monitored live at a separate centre,” he added.

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