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Punjab CM orders shutdown of industrial operations at iron, steel plants to divert oxygen for medical use

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, April 24

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered shutdown of operations within the state’s iron and metal industries to divert Oxygen for medical use, together with speedy institution of Oxygen Management Rooms on the state and district ranges amid the escalating Oxygen disaster within the state, the place six sufferers died of O2 scarcity at a non-public hospital in Amritsar this morning.

He has additionally directed Amritsar DC to provoke a radical investigation into the tragic incident on the Amritsar hospital. The DC has been requested to establish the information and circumstances resulting in the deaths on the hospital, which prima facie appeared to have flouted orders given to all non-public hospitals with Oxygen scarcity to shift their sufferers to Authorities Medical Faculties. The DC has arrange a two-member committee, comprising a PCS officer, Dr Rajat Oberoi (Deputy Director Native Our bodies), who can be in-charge of the loss of life evaluation committee, and a civil surgeon Amritsar, to probe the matter, an official spokesperson mentioned later.

Taking inventory of the state of affairs in view of the Oxygen scarcity being reported from varied hospitals, and the truth that the present allocation to Punjab just isn’t adequate to fulfill the pressing wants, the Chief Minister mentioned he had already taken up the matter with the Centre, searching for improve in quota on pressing foundation, and Chief Secretary, Vini Mahajan, was following it up. Sudden inflow of sufferers from neighbouring States had put added burden on oxygen requirement of Punjab, he famous.

Ordering closure of commercial operations on the iron and metal vegetation, the Chief Minister mentioned the state authorities will convey its determination to the Centre. The Chief Minister 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 improve in demand over the previous few days. 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.

The Chief Minister additionally directed that contracted oxygen provide underneath non-public hospitals could also be reviewed to make sure that oxygen provide is optimally used and rationalised throughout the State. Reacting to reviews of improve within the value of oxygen by suppliers, he requested PSIC to debate, negotiate and settle the pricing with bulk suppliers and inform Principal Secretary, Medical Schooling & Analysis, on the ultimate determination.

In one other determination, he ordered PHSC to obtain 100 extra Oxygen concentrators, together with 50 permitted earlier, along with 234 Oxygen concentrators already being utilised in Covid amenities.  It was identified that Oxygen concentrators can help L2 amenities with present affected person load, and likewise assist improve the variety of L2 beds in amenities similar to in Tarn Taran and in Gurdaspur the place extra L2 beds are wanted.

Principal Secretary Industries has been directed by the Chief Minister to urgently arrange the State Management Room at Udyog Bhawan, Chandigarh, with help from Director Industries and Commerce, with different officers, as required, to be supplied by the Personnel Division. The PS Industries has additionally been requested to get the management rooms in districts arrange on the earliest. 

The state management room will make sure that all oxygen provide from inside Punjab and from exterior is intently supervised and instantly monitored by the federal government. The Chief Minister directed the Division of Well being & Household Welfare and Punjab Police to supply all vital help on this regard. The district stage management rooms will map all oxygen distributors, suppliers, bottlers and re-fillers for every hospital, in order that it could monitor and facilitate oxygen provision accordingly.

Vini Mahajan mentioned later that two senior officers, Harpreet Sudan (IAS) and Rahul Gupta (PCS), are being posted to the state management room to coordinate all actions. In view of scarcity of oxygen cylinders, all districts having industries with empty unused cylinders can be requested to make use of these, such that they are often refilled for medical use.

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