Parliamentary panel asked govt in November last to augment oxygen production, cap price

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Parliamentary panel asked govt in November last to augment oxygen production, cap price

New Delhi, April 24

Months earlier than a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation, a parliamentary panel in November last yr had prompt the Centre to augment hospital beds and oxygen manufacturing whereas flagging the “new normal” whereby sufferers had been being turned away from hospitals due to lack of vacant beds.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health, chaired by Samajwadi Party chief Ram Gopal Yadav and having 16 MPs from the BJP as members, advocated that the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority additionally takes acceptable measures for capping the price of oxygen cylinders in order that their availability in addition to affordability is ensured.

“The Committee also recommends the government for encouraging adequate production of oxygen for ensuring its supply as per demand in the hospitals,” in accordance to the report submitted in Parliament in November last yr.

It stated the whole variety of authorities hospital beds in the nation was “grossly inadequate” preserving in view the rising incidence of COVID-19 instances.

The panel famous that lack of hospital beds and insufficient ventilators additional sophisticated the efficacy of the containment plan in opposition to the pandemic.

“As the numbers of cases were on the rise, a frantic search for vacant hospital beds became quite harrowing. Instances of patients being turned away from overburdened hospitals due to lack of vacant beds became the new normal. The scenario of patients holding oxygen cylinder rushing from pillar to post in search of bed in AIIMS Patna is a testimony to fact that tear apart humanity,” it stated.

Aggrieved on the poor state of healthcare system, the panel beneficial the federal government to improve the funding in public well being and take acceptable steps to decentralise healthcare companies/amenities in the nation.

According to the report, the Health and Family Welfare secretary had knowledgeable the committee on October 16 last yr that the ministry has requested the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to repair the price of oxygen as non-invasive oxygen has been discovered to ship good outcomes. Since the hospitals are utilizing oxygen on a big scale, its consumption is growing.

“The overall production in the country is roughly in the region of 6,900 metric ton every day. Out of 6,900 metric ton, the highest consumption of medical oxygen was reported in mid-September, in and around 24th or 25th September, when the consumption was almost 3,000 metric ton of oxygen a day,” in accordance to the report.

“He (Health secretary) additionally submitted that through the pre-COVID days, the consumption of medical oxygen was nearly 1,000 metric tons per day and the remainder of the 6,000 metric tons of oxygen was getting used in the trade. Therefore, there’s a robust want to be certain that the oxygen stock is in place and oxygen costs are managed.

“The committee agrees with the department that the pandemic has led to an unprecedented increase in the demand of non-invasive oxygen cylinders and instances of lack of oxygen cylinders in the hospitals had also been reported,” in accordance to the report.

India is fighting the second wave of the pandemic with greater than 3,00,000 day by day new coronavirus instances being reported in the previous few days, and hospitals in a number of states are reeling below a scarcity of medical oxygen and beds. PTI

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