India: Regime to spend $3.1 billion for health care centers

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“India will spend $3.1 billion to create new health care facilities in preparation for another possible wave of coronavirus infections. On Thursday, India’s Health Ministry announced more than 800 confirmed deaths and 45,892 new cases, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya says 50 field hospitals with up to 5,000 beds, 20,000 intensive care unit beds, 700 pediatric centers and storage facilities for medical oxygen in 700 districts will be set up in nine months. India increased the numbers of oxygen-supported beds to more than 400,000 from a mere 50,000 in March last year, Mandaviya said Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government approved the new spending at a Cabinet meeting. The federal government will meet 65% and states 35% of the expenditure.” (07/08/21)