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CHANDIGARH: With oxygen demand at present standing at 250 MT per day and anticipated to go up to 300 MT within the close to future in Punjab, the state authorities on Saturday ordered the closure of operations within the iron and steel plants to divert oxygen for medical use.
The authorities additionally determined to set up Oxygen Control Rooms on the state and district ranges.
Six sufferers died of O2 scarcity at a personal hospital in Amritsar on Saturday morning due to the non-availability of medical oxygen.
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh stated the state authorities will convey its choice to the Centre. He requested for a feasibility report from the facility division on the use of thermal plants for offering medical oxygen.
He additionally directed the authorities involved to be sure that oxygen provide to non-public hospitals is optimally used and rationalised throughout the state. Reacting to reviews of the demand to enhance within the value of oxygen by suppliers, he requested PSIC (Punjab State Information Commission) to focus on, negotiate and settle the pricing with bulk suppliers and inform Principal Secretary, Medical Education, and Research, on the ultimate choice.
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In one other choice, he ordered PHSC to procure 100 extra oxygen concentrators (together with 50 permitted earlier) as well as to 234 oxygen concentrators already being utilised in Covid services. It was identified that oxygen concentrators can assist L2 services with present affected person load, and likewise assist enhance
the quantity of L2 beds in services such because the one in Tarn Taran and in Gurdaspur the place extra L2 beds are wanted.
The Principal Secretary (Industries) has been directed to urgently arrange a state management room at Udyog Bhawan, Chandigarh, with assist from Director Industries and Commerce) and different officers. The PS Industries has additionally been requested to get the management rooms in districts arrange on the earliest.
The state management room will be sure that all oxygen provide is carefully supervised and instantly monitored by the federal government. The CM directed the Department of Health and Family Welfare and Punjab Police to present all mandatory assist on this regard.
The district-level management rooms will map all oxygen distributors, suppliers, bottlers and re-fillers for every hospital, in order that it might monitor and facilitate oxygen provision accordingly.
Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan stated later that two senior officers — Harpreet Sudan and Rahul Gupta — are being posted to the state management room to coordinate all actions.