No shortage of oxygen in country; use it judiciously: Goyal amid Covid-19 surge

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New Delhi: Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal. (PTI)

NEW DELHI :
The Centre on Monday mentioned medical oxygen being given to COVID-19 sufferers, particularly in hospitals, needs to be used “judiciously” and claimed that there was “shortage” of the life-giving gasoline in the nation.

At a routine briefing on steps taken by the federal government to battle the COVID-19 disaster, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Piyush Goyal informed reporters that a number of efforts had been being undertaken to boost manufacturing and shortly transport oxygen to the hospitals and sufferers.

“It is very important for all the hospitals that they ensure judicious use of oxygen as per the guidelines issued in this context by the Union Health Ministry. Many efforts are being undertaken in this context and we are getting positive results also.”

“We need to continuously monitor this so that very judicious use of oxygen is undertaken,” Goyal mentioned.

He appealed to the residents to not get “jittery about the lack of oxygen in the country.”

“Oxygen is available in adequate quantity in the country and efforts are being made to transport it to hospitals in the shortest possible time.”

“If we undertake this battle together, I have no doubt that we will be victorious,” the officer mentioned.

Goyal was chatting with reporters in the presence of Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry Lav Agarwal and AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria.

The nation is grappling with a raging second wave of the pandemic with lakhs of sufferers and their members of the family anxiously scouring for oxygen beds in hospitals, cylinders, medicines and different medical amenities.

Goyal additionally sought the assist of residents in guaranteeing that no “hoarding or black marketing” of oxygen cylinders takes place in order that these are made obtainable to sufferers who’re gasping for breath as a result of coronavirus an infection.

The officer mentioned the manufacturing of medical oxygen has elevated in the nation as he cited information to say that whereas on August 1 final yr, the full manufacturing was 5,700 metric tonnes, it is 9,000 metric tonnes now.

“This is 125 per cent of daily production capacity (of medical oxygen),” he mentioned.

He reiterated that regardless of enhance in the demand of medical oxygen for sufferers resulting from speedy surge in COVID-19 an infection, the nation had “adequate” oxygen and the federal government was additionally importing it from overseas for future wants.

The officer mentioned each conventional and non-traditional avenues are being explored and enhanced for manufacturing of liquid oxygen.

He mentioned a bunch of senior officers from the Centre, numerous states, Union Territories, producers and different stakeholders had been making a each day evaluation of the oxygen demand in the nation and oxygen is being allotted to states as half of a “dynamic process” being undertaken on a regular basis.

Goyal mentioned the oxygen demand of no state was being “ignored” and the Centre has deployed Indian Air Force (IAF) heavy-lift aircrafts to move empty oxygen tankers and the railways to ferry stuffed oxygen tanks from the place of manufacturing to their locations.

He mentioned main medical oxygen manufacturing amenities are primarily based in the jap half of the nation whereas the utmost demand at current is in the central and northern area.

The extra secretary mentioned because the demand for cryogenic oxygen tankers and containers is rising, instructions have been given to covert Nitrogen and Argon tankers for oxygen carrying vessels.

Fifty per cent goal has been achieved and extra is being completed in this path, he mentioned.

“We are also importing such tankers by either purchasing or hiring them,” he mentioned.

The officer mentioned the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has developed a system by means of which vehicles carrying oxygen cylinders that are plying on the street might be tracked on a real-time foundation.

“These tankers are now GPS-tagged and there is colour-coding system that also tells you whether they are moving, stationary, taking an unauthorised stop or getting diverted from the stipulated route,” he mentioned.

Goyal mentioned a number of “virtual groups’ of officers from the Centre and state are monitoring every aspect of oxygen production, transport and distribution in the country and a “digital management room” can be working round the clock to resolve points instantly.

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