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Centre Urges 7 States Including Gujarat, K’taka to Ensure Adequate Oxygen Availability at All Heathcare Facilities

Sameer, a medical employee, checks an oxygen cylinder earlier than transferring COVID-19 affected person from the emergency ward to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The states had been suggested to make sure facility sensible/hospital sensible oxygen stock administration and advance planning for replenishment in order that there aren’t any stockout, the well being ministry stated in a press release.

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  • Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 8:25 PM IST

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The Centre on Sunday urged Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to make sure ample oxygen availability in all healthcare amenities and unrestricted intra- and inter-state motion of oxygen cylinders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Union Health Ministry held a digital assembly the place Union Health Secretary, Secretary DPIIT and Secretary Pharmaceuticals participated. State Health Secretaries and Industries Secretaries of the seven states additionally participated within the assembly and mentioned methods to make sure ample oxygen availability in all healthcare amenities and unrestricted intra- and inter-state motion of oxygen, the assertion said.






Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Railways Piyush Goyal addressed them. The states had been suggested to make sure facility sensible/hospital sensible oxygen stock administration and advance planning for replenishment in order that there aren’t any stockout, the well being ministry stated in a press release.

They had been urged to make sure that no restriction is imposed on the motion of medical oxygen between states and UTs, and provision of inexperienced hall for Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) Tankers inside the cities.

Hospitals and establishments have long-term tender/contract settlement for provide of oxygen with producers, which have to be honoured. Hence, states should not impose restrictions on free motion of oxygen, the assertion underlined.

Timely fee of dues to the producers and suppliers to keep up uninterrupted provide of oxygen was burdened. States had been urged to enhance energy provide infrastructure and guarantee uninterrupted provide to Oxygen Manufacturing Units, guarantee correct disinfection of oxygen cylinders as per protocols whereas sending cylinders to fillers of oxygen.

They had been additionally urged to make sure efficient coordination with metal crops for oxygen procurement since metal crops present approx. 550 MT/day oxygen along with oxygen producers who present 6,400 MT/day.


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