New Delhi, PTI. Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has decided that its health insurance scheme (ESI) will be implemented across the country by the end of 2022. At present this scheme is fully implemented in 443 districts and partially in 153 districts. A total of 148 districts are not yet covered under the ESI scheme. In the 188th meeting of ESIC held on Sunday under the chairmanship of Labor and Employment Minister Bhupendra Yadav, it was decided to expand the medical facility and service supply system across the country. The Labor Ministry said in a statement that by the end of this year all the districts which are partially covered under the ESI scheme and not yet covered under this scheme will be brought under the ambit of this scheme.
ESIC has decided to set up 23 new 100-bed hospitals across the country. Of these, six hospitals are in Palghar, Satara, Pen, Jalgaon, Chakan and Panvel in Maharashtra, four in Hisar, Sonipat, Ambala and Rohtak in Haryana and two in Chengalpattu and Erode in Tamil Nadu, two in Moradabad and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and Two hospitals will be opened in Tumakuru and Udupi in Karnataka. At the same time, one hospital each will be opened in Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, Mulgaon in Goa, Sanand in Gujarat, Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, Jharsuguda in Odisha and Kharagpur in Bengal. Apart from these hospitals, five dispensaries will also be opened at 62 places. Apart from this, 48 dispensaries will be opened in Maharashtra, 12 dispensaries in Delhi and two in Haryana.
Three medical colleges will also be opened
Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine departments will be set up in three ESIC medical colleges and hospitals at Sanathnagar, Faridabad and Chennai. This will be the first time that such services will be made available at ESIC owned facilities. In addition, two cath labs will be set up at ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Sanathnagar, Telangana and Alwar in Rajasthan.
Edited By: Manish Mishra