ESI Corporation takes measures during recent surge of COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi, To deal with the resurgence of COVID-19 Pandemic, the Employees’ 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 Hospitalsto 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 or non-Emergency medical treatment from tie-up hospital directly without referral letter, in accordance with his or her entitlement.

Covid Nodal Officers have been nominated at each ESIC Hospital for effective coordination with Stat or Central Health Authorities.
In addition to above, instructionshave 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.