Published On: Sat, Mar 28th, 2020

Coronavirus: CGHS beneficiaries with chronic diseases can get 3 months’ medicines

New Delhi: Briefing the nation on the current rate of increase of the pandemic Coronavirus, Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal, on Saturday, stated that that chronic patients under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) can get medicines for three months at a time.

Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal speaking to media in New Delhi on Saturday.

According to a Health Ministry Office Order dated March 20, CGHS beneficiaries above the age of 60 or who suffer from ailments such as diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases should get their prescribed medicines for three months at a time.

This would ensure that they don’t have to visit the wellness centres repeatedly.

Normally, medicines under CGHS are provided for one month at a time.

The above beneficiaries can send another individual to collect medicines on their behalf, the order states.

This too will ensure that the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions — who are particularly vulnerable to developing serious illnesses from the coronavirus infection — don’t have to step out of their homes.

The office Office Order from the CGHS director states that leaves of the health care workers from the department – except those on medical leave — be cancelled as there is already a staffing crunch with several medical officers helping in surveillance efforts for coronavirus.

Meanwhile in India, the number of COVID-19 positive cases have crossed 919 with 84 recoveries and death toll of 20.

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