”From May 1, we will administer 2.60 crore free vaccine doses to 1.30 crore people in the 18-44 age group.
Since vaccine manufacturers are providing doses at higher rates to the states than the Centre, we will incur extra expenditure of Rs 800 crore. We have ordered 25 lakh doses each from Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech,” the CM informed.
”The active patient ratio in the state is 16.5 per cent, while recovery rate is 82.3 percent. Over 55.69 lakh vaccine doses have been administered, which is higher than several states. During my government‘s tenure, the number of ICU beds have been increased from 129 statewide to 729, while oxygenated beds have gone up from 1,242 to 7,042. HDU )high dependency unit) beds have gone up from zero to 515,” the CM said.
Moreover, we have conducted over 71 lakh COVID-19 tests.
We have also recruited 296 new doctors in the state,” he added.
Baghel said Chhattisgarh had surplus oxygen as well.
He said Rs 73 crore had been given to districts to fight COVID-19, while a sum of Rs 53.88 crore was still available in the CM’s Relief Fund, which too would be used to tackle the pandemic.