The government has authorized the Ministry of Health and Population to spend Rs 5 billion on Covid-19 vaccine procurement. Janardan Sharma, the newly appointed Finance Minister, made this decision shortly after taking office.
The government intends to administer coronavirus vaccines to one-third of the population by mid-October, and to all eligible people by mid-April.
The Covid-19 immunization drive has been hampered due to a lack of vaccine supplies. The Cabinet meeting on Tuesday evening agreed to provide front-line personnel with risk allowances during the pandemic within a week.
The new Finance Minister made a decision regarding the provision of resources for liability management under Covid-19 control and prevention. Under this, Rs. 564.157 million will be transferred for the federal hospital, and Rs. 373.49 million will be transferred to provincial and local government hospitals via the Province Ministry of Social Development.
According to Ministry spokesperson Mahesh Acharya, a decision has been made to allocate Rs. 961.21 million to federal and private hospitals and Rs. 524.44 million to state and local level hospitals through the Ministry of Social Development for the procurement of health equipment including HDU, ventilator, and ICU to enhance the Covid-19 response capacity of government and private hospitals.
After taking office, Minister Sharma stated that the government’s priorities were pandemic control and prevention, as well as providing free Covid-19 vaccines to all citizens, and he urged employees to work hard to achieve these goals.
As he stated, reviving the nation’s economy, which has been severely harmed by the pandemic, is a pressing need, and the government is willing to work with the private sector to that end.