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ESI Hospitals


To deal with the resurgence of COVID-19 Pandemic, theEmployees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) under the Ministry of Labour and Employment has undertaken multiple steps to cater to its Stakeholders as well as general public.  

  • A total of 21 ESIC Hospitals directly run by ESIC with 3676 Covid Isolation Beds having 229 ICU/163 ventilator beds across India are functioning as COVID-19 Dedicated Hospitals to exclusively provide COVID medical services to the general public. Besides, six ESIC Hospitals are also providing Covid and non-Covid services.
  • Also, the 26 ESI Scheme Hospitals run by State Governments having 2023 beds across India are functioning as Covid Dedicated Hospitals.
  • Plasma therapy, which is shown to save the lives of serious COVID-19 patients, has been started in ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Faridabad (Haryana) and ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Sanath Nagar (Telangana).
  • Alternative arrangements have been made for providing medical services from Tie-up Hospitals, if an ESIC Hospital is declared as dedicated Covid-19 Hospital. In such cases, ESI beneficiaries can be referred to tie-up Hospitals for providing prescribed secondary/SST consultation/admission/investigation, during the period for which concerned ESIC Hospital functions as a dedicated Covid-19 Hospital. ESI Beneficiaries may also seek Emergency/non-Emergency medical treatment from tie-up hospital directly without referral letter, in accordance with his/her entitlement.
  • Covid Nodal Officers have been nominated at each ESIC Hospital for effective coordination with State/Central Health Authorities.
  • In addition to above, instructions have been issued to each ESIC hospital to function with a minimum of 20% of its bed capacity as dedicated Covid beds for ESI IPs, beneficiaries, staff & pensioners.
  • In order to ease out the hardship of ESI Beneficiaries in these difficult times, ESIC has allowed purchase of medicines by beneficiaries from private chemists and reimbursements will be made by ESIC subsequently.

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CSR funds for Covid

MCA has issued a notification dated 23/3/2020 that spending of CSR funds for Covid is eligible CSR activity. They have said that funds may be spent for various activities relating to Covid 19 under item nos. (i) and (xii) of schedule VII pertaining to CSR activities. These items pertain to promotion of health care, including preventive health care and sanitation and disaster management. Further they have reiterated that items in Schedule VII are broad based and may be interpreted liberally for this purpose.

This was a much needed move by the government, which will prod companies into spending for Covid disaster management activities.

The MCA circular is available at MCA site.

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