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Govt shuts iron, steel plants, diverts O2 supply to hospitals

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, April 24

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh at the moment ordered shutdown of operations of the state’s iron and metal industries to divert oxygen for medical use. He additionally directed establishing of oxygen management rooms amid the escalating oxygen disaster within the state.

Taking inventory of the state of affairs, the CM mentioned he had already taken up the matter with the Centre, searching for enhance in oxygen quota urgently. A sudden inflow of sufferers from neighbouring states had put extra burden on oxygen requirement of hospitals within the state, he famous.

Ordering closure of business operations on the iron and metal vegetation, Captain Amarinder has additionally requested for a feasibility report from the Energy Division on use of thermal vegetation for offering oxygen for medical use.

Punjab has witnessed a pointy enhance in oxygen demand over the previous few days. The demand for oxygen presently stands at 250 MT per day and is additional anticipated to go as much as 300 MT within the coming days on account of spiralling Covid instances.

Reacting to stories of enhance within the worth of oxygen by suppliers, he requested the PSIC to debate, negotiate and settle the pricing with bulk suppliers and inform the Principal Secretary, Medical Schooling & Analysis, on the ultimate determination.

In one other step, he ordered the Punjab Well being Techniques Company (PHSC)to acquire 100 extra oxygen concentrators, together with 50 authorized earlier. It was identified that concentrators may assist the L2 services with present affected person load, and likewise assist enhance the variety of L2 beds in services similar to in Tarn Taran and in Gurdaspur the place extra such beds had been wanted.

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