New Delhi : The Center on Monday said Kovid-19 patients, especially those being treated in hospitals with oxygen, should be treated with “justice” and claimed that there was a “shortage” of life-giving gas in the country.
In a regular briefing on the steps taken by the government to tackle the COID-11 crisis, Home Ministry (MHA) Additional Secretary Piyush Goyal told reporters that multiple efforts were being made to increase the rapid transport of oxygen to hospitals and patients.
“It is very important for all hospitals to ensure fair use of oxygen as per the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health in this regard. A lot of efforts are being made in this regard and we are also getting positive results.”
“We need to monitor it relentlessly so that a very fair measure of oxygen can be taken,” Goyle said.
He urged the citizens not to “worry about the lack of oxygen in the country”.
“The country has enough oxygen and is trying to get it to the hospital in a very short time.”
“If we wage this war together, I have no doubt that we will win,” the official said.
Goel spoke to reporters in the presence of Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry Love Lob Agarwal and AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria.
Millions of patients and their families in the country are anxiously shaking hands with hospitals, cylinders, medicines and other medical facilities for oxygen beds as the second wave of the epidemic intensifies.
Goel also sought the support of citizens to prevent any “hoardings or black marketing” of oxygen cylinders, which are made available to patients with asthma due to coronavirus infections.
The official said that the production of medical oxygen in the country has increased as he quoted the data as saying that the total production on August 1 last year was, 0000 metric tons, now it is nine thousand metric tons.
“It’s 125 percent of the daily production capacity (of medical oxygen),” he said.
He reiterated that despite the increasing demand for medical oxygen for patients due to the rapid growth of COVD-19 infection, the country had “adequate” oxygen and the government was importing it from abroad for future needs.
The official said both traditional and unconventional ways to produce liquid oxygen are being explored and expanded.
He said a team of senior officials from the center, various states, union territories, manufacturers and other stakeholders were assessing the demand for oxygen in the country on a daily basis and oxygen was being allocated to the states as part of a “dynamic process”. Every day.
Goyal said no state’s oxygen demand was being “ignored” and that the center had deployed Indian Air Force (IAF) heavy-lift aircraft to carry empty oxygen tankers and railways from production to their destinations.
He said large-scale medical oxygen production facilities are located in the eastern part of the country and currently the highest demand is in the central and northern regions.
The Additional Secretary said that with the increase in demand for cryogenic oxygen tankers and containers, nitrogen and argon tankers have been instructed to be concealed for vessels carrying oxygen.
Fifty percent of the target has been achieved and more is being done, he said.
“We are importing such tankers by buying or renting them,” he said.
The official said the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has developed a system through which tracks carrying oxygen cylinders on the roads can be tracked on a real-time basis.
“These tankers are now GPS-tagged and have color-coding systems that tell you whether they are moving, doing stationery, taking unauthorized stops or being diverted from a designated route,” he said.
Goyal said multiple “virtual groups” from the center and the state are monitoring every aspect of oxygen production, transportation and distribution in the country and are also working around the clock to create a “virtual control room” to solve the problem immediately.