Hyderabad: Telangana government has announced that all serving and retired employees, and their dependents, who are admitted to hospitals for COVID 19 treatment, are eligible for medical reimbursement up to Rs 1 lakh.

S.A.M Rizvi, secretary of Ministry of Health Medical and Family Welfares said according to Para 7 of GO 105, dated April 9, 2007, the state government employees both in service and retired and their dependents and all other eligible categories are allowed to secure treatment under emergency cases.

Due to the surge in COVID 19 cases in the state, many government employees are testing positive for the virus and admitted to hospitals.

Meanwhile, the central government's insurance scheme for healthcare workers announced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic came to an end on March 24, 2021.

According to an order issued by the Union Health Ministry on the same day, the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) insurance scheme, launched to provide a safety net to health workers in case of any adversity due to COVID-19, concluded on March 24, 2021, after being extended twice.

Under the scheme, health workers fighting COVID-19 were provided an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh.

The scheme was launched to provide a safety net for healthcare workers so as to ensure that in case of any adversity due to the coronavirus pandemic, their families are taken care of. However, a circular sent out by the health ministry last month states that the insurance scheme concluded on March 24 while only 287 claims processed so far.

"The PMGKP: insurance scheme for the healthcare workers fighting Covid-19 was implemented with effect from March 30, 2020, initially for a period of 90 days to provide an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh to the healthcare workers fighting the pandemic, the duration of the scheme was extended up to 24 March 2021," said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

He added that the scheme has acted as a very effective safety net and has been able to provide relief to the healthcare workers who have lost their lives due to Covid-19.

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