Bhubaneswar, April 25
Odisha has despatched at the very least 29 tankers carrying about 510 MT of medical oxygen beneath police escort to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and different needy states within the final 48 hours, an official mentioned.
This aside, 15 extra tankers are leaving from Dhenkanal, Rourkela and Angul by Saturday, an official assertion launched by Odisha Police mentioned, including that the state police has shaped a devoted hall for quick motion in order to serve 1000’s of needy sufferers in numerous states directly.
The Special Cell shaped beneath ADGP (Law and Order), Y Okay Jethwais is coordinating numerous actions for immediate loading and transportation of medical oxygen by Odisha to states dealing with deficit. District SPs/DCPs and Range DIG/IG/CP are supervising the motion personally inside their jurisdictions, it mentioned.
Meanwhile, Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare division has arrange modalities to meet the calls for of oxygen cylinders within the Dedicated COVID Hospital, Covid Care Centres and others the place the corona sufferers are admitted within the state.
In an official letter to all district authorities, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare P Okay Mohapatra mentioned that drug inspectors of districts will guarantee well timed despatch of the empty cylinders to the assigned fillers and inform his counterparts at which the filler is stationed for well timed submitting of the cylinders.
He mentioned the hiring fees of automobiles may be met from the Public Health Response Funds or every other appropriate head from which transportation districts can be completed easily.
Official sources mentioned that as in opposition to the day by day requirement of 23.78 tonne of medical oxygen for sufferers in Odisha, the day by day manufacturing of cylinder oxygen within the state is 129.68 tonne. Besides, the day by day manufacturing of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) is 60 tonne.
While an LMO plant can be commissioned within the MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur by May 10, plans are afoot to arrange LMO crops in 15 COVID hospitals together with the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla.
Mohapatra mentioned the state is supplying oxygen to different needy states after fulfilling its personal requirement. There isn’t any query of giving oxygen to others by ignoring the state’s requirement, he mentioned, whereas rejecting the allegation that some sufferers in Odisha are denied oxygen.
Meanwhile, BJP state basic secretary Prithiviraj Harichandan alleged that oxygen inventory has been exhausted on the MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur and sufferers died due to the oxygen scarcity on Friday night time.
However, the Ganjam district administration has rejected the allegation.
Ganjam District Collector VA Kulange carrying a PPE equipment visited the MKCG hospital and interacted with Covid sufferers admitted to the hospital.
He mentioned the allegation of oxygen scarcity on the hospital will not be true. “There are some rumours about oxygen supply in Covid hospital in MKCG. We have sufficient oxygen supply and the supply chain is monitored in real time,” Kulange mentioned in a twitter put up. PTI