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Demand for oxygen concentrators leads to shortage, black marketing

Sanjay Bumbroo

Press Reporter News Service

Mohali, Could 2

Fearing the scarcity of medical oxygen cylinders, folks are actually buying oxygen concentrators on their very own to maintain these on standby in case of an emergency. This has resulted in a rise in its demand, resulting in scarcity and black advertising.

Surinder Singh, a resident of Part 3B1, mentioned he had old-age dad and mom in his home. He determined to buy an oxygen concentrator in order that it could possibly be utilized in case of an emergency. The surge in Covid circumstances might additionally trigger scarcity of medical oxygen cylinders out there.

He contacted a number of sellers to buy an oxygen concentrator, however the latter expressed incapacity to ship the machine because it was not within the inventory and would take greater than two weeks for the recent inventory to reach.

Avtar Singh, a resident of Part 4, mentioned: “An oxygen concentrator costing round Rs55,000 is now being bought in black market between Rs75,000 and Rs80,000. I wished to buy it for my mom, who’s affected by acute bronchial asthma, however can not buy it on account of its excessive value”.

An official of Solar Medics, distributor of oxygen concentrators, whereas confirming the scarcity of the machine, mentioned demand by people had elevated. Folks wished to maintain the machine at residence for any emergency and had been reserving it upfront. They don’t know as to when the brand new inventory would arrive from overseas.

It could be talked about right here that transportable medical oxygen concentrators are utilized in hospitals or at residence to provide oxygen for sufferers. The ambient air we breathe comprises about 78 per cent nitrogen, 21 per oxygen and one per cent of different gases. The concentrator has the job of taking as a lot of the nitrogen out of the air as is feasible whereas leaving the oxygen.

Yogesh Sagar, president of the Mohali Industries Affiliation, mentioned there was a scarcity of oxygen concentrators. He had obtained requests from some folks as they wished to buy the machine. Native sellers right here have expressed their incapacity to offer the identical as there was no provide from producers. He mentioned Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had additionally assured to offer cooperation if industrialists present their curiosity in establishing manufacturing items within the state.


Concerning the machine

Transportable medical oxygen concentrators are utilized in hospitals or at residence to provide oxygen for sufferers. The ambient air we breathe comprises about 78 per cent nitrogen, 21 per oxygen and one per cent of different gases. The concentrator has the job of taking as a lot of the nitrogen out of the air as is feasible whereas leaving the oxygen.

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