The state government has decided to strengthen 300-400 community health centres (CHCs) across the state. Apart from increasing the number of beds, each bed will be linked with an oxygen cylinder or concentrator. Also, ICU facilities with ventilators would be set up in all the CHCs.
“We are preparing a module for strengthening of CHCs across the state ahead of the third wave. In a bid to improve rural health infrastructure, about 300-400 CHCs will be strengthened across the state. The objective is to convert these CHCs into model centres,” said a senior health official. There are over 600 CHCs in Rajasthan.
“The CHCs will be equipped with oxygen cylinders, concentrators, oxygen plants (in bigger CHCs) and medicines for children. A core team has been formed by the health department to prepare the plan. Medicines and equipment have been identified for the CHCs and the process of procurement has already started,” the official added.
The official further said that there are 300 blocks in the state and at least one CHC in every block will be strengthened in the process. “The chief minister (Ashok Gehlot) had announced that each MLA will establish a CHC in their assembly constituencies. Those CHCs will also be included in this plan,” he added.
“Oxygen plants will also be installed at all the district hospitals across the state in order to ensure there is no shortage in future. Plants will also be installed at the 100-to-150-bedded CHCs. We are almost ready with the plan, just giving a final shape to it. In some CHCs, oxygen concentrators have already been made available and place an order for more, including 5-litre and 10-litre concentrators,” said the official.
Health minister Raghu Sharma on Thursday said, “In view of the possible third wave, the number of ICU beds is being increased at all the paediatric hospitals and other units of the state. In addition, the work of installing oxygen generation plants and to centralize the oxygen system is also being done.”