NEW DELHI: India’s capability to supply oxygen is barely greater than 6,900 metric tonne, mentioned Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Well being Ministry on Tuesday, including that there isn’t any scarcity of oxygen within the nation.
Oxygen assist is among the key medical procedures within the remedy of coronavirus sufferers. Over six per cent of sufferers battling with the pathogen at present require oxygen, based on the Ministry.
“Right now’s capability for manufacturing of oxygen is barely greater than 6,900 metric tonne. If we have a look at the at the moment’s morning information, 3.69 per cent of complete COVID-19 sufferers have been on oxygen assist, 2.17 per cent have been on ICU beds with oxygen, 0.36 per cent sufferers have been on ventilator assist with oxygen. Therefore greater than 6 per cent COVID-19 sufferers have been on oxygen assist,” Bhushan mentioned whereas replying to a query on oxygen provide for sufferers affected by the novel coronavirus.
“We now have a every day requirement of two,800 metric tonne for COVID and non-COVID well being use and a couple of,200 metric tonne for industrial use. So, we require a complete of 5,000 metric tonne per day. We now have a surplus of 1,900 metric tonne. There isn’t any scarcity of oxygen,” he added.
Bhushan mentioned that issues happen when there isn’t any stock administration at a facility-level.
“Every state wants to make sure correct stock administration in order that oxygen will be replenished in time. States ought to search the Centre’s assist in the event that they face any downside. A management room must be established by states to watch oxygen cylinders,” he added.
On Monday, the Centre had directed 29 States together with Union Territories to take care of efficient coordination with metal vegetation for oxygen procurement since metal vegetation present roughly 550 MT/day oxygen along with oxygen producers who present 6,400 MT/day.
In line with the Well being Ministry, states have to make sure ample oxygen availability in all healthcare amenities in these states and unrestricted intra in addition to the interstate motion of oxygen.
Bhushan has additionally directed the state authorities to make sure facility clever/hospital clever oxygen stock administration and advance planning for well timed replenishment in order that there isn’t any stockout.
“The union authorities has additionally suggested states to make sure that no restrictions are imposed on the motion of medical oxygen between states/UTs and make sure the provision of “Inexperienced Hall” for Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) tankers throughout the cities,” mentioned the Well being Ministry in a press release.
“States have been requested to do real-time monitoring of cryogenic tankers used to provide oxygen and to repurpose Argon and Nitrogen carrying tankers to extend the variety of oxygen service autos. Guarantee well timed cost of the due payments to the producers and provider to take care of uninterrupted provide of oxygen. Enhance energy provide infrastructure and guarantee uninterrupted provide to Oxygen Manufacturing Models,” the federal government mentioned.
The Centre mentioned that the hospitals had to enhance storage capability and establish MSME items whose storage capability can be utilized to retailer oxygen.
“Undertake Oxygen Consumption Audit, guarantee solely instances requiring medical oxygenation are administered with oxygen and stop leakages as a result of negligence of hospital workers and guarantee correct disinfection of oxygen cylinders as per protocols whereas sending cylinders to fillers of oxygen.”
The federal government additionally suggested states to expedite the method of grant of licenses to supply medical oxygen to these already producing industrial oxygen.
India’s COVID-19 case rely crossed the 49-lakh mark on Tuesday. A complete of 49,30,237 instances have been reported within the nation together with 9,90,061 energetic instances, 38,59,400 cured/discharged/migrated sufferers and 80,776 deaths. (ANI)