Central govt. has started free treatment and testing for Novel Coronavirus Symptoms under Ayushman Bharat Scheme 2020. All those people who shows symptoms like pneumonia, fever, difficulty in respiration can now go for free checkups. The COVID 19 complete treatment would also be provided to the infected person under PM Jan Arogyua Yojana. This free treatment of symptoms of Coronavirus disease shall remain available through different packages of Ayushman Bharat PMJAY for beneficiaries.
All the people suffering from COVID 19 disease can now avail free treatment, testing and checkup facility at private labs, govt. hospitals, empanelled private and other designated hospitals. National Health Authority (NHA) will be the nodal agency to provide treatment to COVID 19 infected persons. More than 50 crore people would now be eligible for COVID-19 Treatment / Testing under Ayushman Bharat Health Insurance scheme.
In case you have fever, cough and difficult breathing, call state helpline number or central govt’s control room 011-23978046.
Free Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treatment / Testing in Ayushman Bharat Yojana
The symptoms for which free treatment is available under Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY includes pneumonia, fever and respiratory failure. Testing and treatment of COVID-19 is already available for free in public facilities. Now, more than 50 crore citizens, eligible under the health assurance scheme will be able to avail free testing through private labs and treatment for COVID-19 in empanelled hospitals. An official of the central govt. tweeted “Treatment of symptoms of #COVID19 #Corona like Pneumonia, Fever, Respiratory Failure etc. is available, thru diff. Packages, under #AyushmanBharat #PMJAY free of cost for eligible people in empanelled hospitals & other designated hospitals.”
Central govt’s flagship Ayushman Bharat PM Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) provides insurance coverage of upto Rs. 5 lakh per annum per family per year. This health insurance facility is for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to more than 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families across the country. All AB-PMJAY Beneficiaries are entitled to get cashless and paperless access to serviceshand rub at empanelled and designated hospitals.
Till date, there are 1,578 health benefit packages with defined rates under PM-JAY and over 20,761 public and private hospitals across the country have been empanelled. Check Ayushman Bharat Yojana Package Rates. Currently, the central govt. has issued 12.41 crore e-cards to AB-PMJAY beneficiaries. Moreover according to NHA, 91.70 lakh hospital admissions have taken place under the scheme.
More than 50 crore poor & vulnerable citizens shall henceforth be eligible for free #COVID_19 testing & treatment under #AyushmanBharat #PMJAY
Testing at private labs & treatment in designated hospitals now made free for Ayushman beneficiaries across India@AyushmanNHA @ibhushan pic.twitter.com/ikXQhhYJJy
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 4, 2020
The COVID-19 tests will be carried out as per protocols of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and by private labs approved or registered by it. Health experts said that social distancing and extensive testing are the only two most potent weapons in the fight against the highly contagious Coronavirus. This COVID-19 virus has infected over a million people across the world. While the centre is strictly enforcing the nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of the virus, the country has one of the lowest testing rates among the affected nations.
To bolster coronavirus testing numbers, the centre has recruited several private labs. However, there were concerns that poor people will not be able to afford them as the cost is steep – Rs 4,500 per test. Active private sector involvement will be critical in case there is a surge in the number of COVID-19 patient that need care. States are in the process of enlisting private sector hospitals that can be converted to COVID-19 ONLY hospitals,” the NHA added.
Protective Measures Against Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19)
People can now take the following protective measures against coronavirus:-
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
- Use Alcohol based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Maintain Social Distancing.
- Avoid organizing and participating in large groups.
- Cover your mouth while sneezing and coughing.
- Don’t spit in public.
- Avoid close contact if you are experiencing cough or fever.
Coronavirus cases in India
The number of positive coronavirus cases in India has been raised to 2,301 (56 deaths) by 4 April 2020. NHA has issued advisory to consult designated hospitals in case of any COVID-19 symptoms. All the hospitals are fully equipped with treatment, testing and isolation facilities. NHA has also issued a toll-free support number:- 1075 or 1800-112-545. Since this disease is infecting health of citizens of more than 100 countries, so the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) as pandemic.