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COVID-19 crisis: Centre to set up 551 oxygen generation plants 'as soon as possible' using PM-CARES fund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed that these vegetation must be made purposeful ‘as quickly as potential’ and that they’ll ‘majorly enhance’ oxygen availability, the PMO mentioned

File photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A complete of 551 oxygen era vegetation will likely be arrange in healthcare services throughout the nation utilizing the PM-CARES fund, the Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO) mentioned on Sunday. The transfer is a bid to spice up medical oxygen manufacturing amid a extreme scarcity of the useful resource getting used to deal with COVID-19 sufferers throughout the nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed that these vegetation must be made purposeful “as quickly as potential” and that they’ll “majorly enhance” oxygen availability, the PMO assertion added.

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“These devoted vegetation will likely be established in recognized authorities hospitals in district headquarters in numerous states/UTs. The procurement will likely be finished via Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare,” the assertion mentioned.

The PM-CARES Fund had, earlier this 12 months, allotted Rs 201.58 crores for the set up of further 162 devoted PSA medical oxygen era vegetation inside public well being services within the nation, the PMO famous.

It mentioned the fundamental purpose behind establishing PSA oxygen vegetation at authorities hospitals in district headquarters is to additional strengthen the general public well being system and be sure that every of those hospitals has a captive oxygen era facility.

“Such an in-house captive oxygen era facility will deal with the day-to-day medical oxygen wants of those hospitals and the district. As well as, the liquid medical oxygen (LMO) would function a prime as much as the captive oxygen era. As well as, the liquid medical oxygen (LMO) would function a ‘prime up’ to the captive oxygen era. Such a system will go a good distance in making certain that Authorities hospitals within the districts don’t face sudden disruption of oxygen provides and have entry to satisfactory uninterrupted oxygen provide to handle the COVID-19 sufferers and different sufferers needing such help,” the PMO mentioned.

The Centre and state governments are grappling with a second wave of the pandemic with greater than 3,00,00zero single-day new circumstances being reported up to now few days. Hospitals in a number of states, together with Delhi, are reeling beneath a scarcity of medical oxygen and beds.

Over the past week, Delhi hospitals confronted a extreme scarcity of medical oxygen, essential in treating COVID-19 sufferers.

Whereas hospitals admins are sending out SOS messages for an pressing oxygen provide and in addition transferring the Delhi Excessive Courtroom in search of to replenish their shares, no less than two hospitals within the Nationwide Capital have confronted casualties reportedly as a result of lack of oxygen for his or her COVID-19 sufferers.

Twenty sufferers died within the intervening evening between Friday and Saturday within the Jaipur Golden Hospital within the Nationwide Capital, as a result of lack of oxygen.

“Oxygen strain has dipped as we’re operating out of inventory,” Jaipur Golden Hospital’s medical director DK Baluja was quoted as saying by PTI.

With inputs from PTI

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