Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], April 24 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered shutdown of operations in the state’s iron and steel industries to divert oxygen for medical use together with speedy institution of Oxygen Control Rooms on the state and district ranges amid the escalating oxygen disaster in the state.
Six sufferers died of oxygen scarcity at a non-public hospital in Amritsar this morning.
A Punjab authorities launch mentioned he additionally directed Amritsar Deputy Commissioner to provoke an intensive investigation into the tragic incident on the Amritsar hospital. The DC has been requested to confirm the info and circumstances main to the deaths on the hospital, which prima facie appeared to have flouted orders given to all non-public hospitals with oxygen scarcity to shift their sufferers to authorities medical schools.
The DC has arrange a two-member committee, comprising a PCS officer, Dr Rajat Oberoi (Deputy Director, Local Bodies), who can also be incharge of the demise evaluation committee, and Civil Surgeon Amritsar, to probe the matter, an official spokesperson mentioned later.
Taking inventory of the scenario in view of the oxygen shortages being reported from numerous hospitals, and the truth that the present allocation to Punjab is just not enough to meet the pressing wants, the Chief Minister mentioned he had already taken up the matter with the Centre, in search of enhance in quota on pressing foundation, and Chief Secretary, Vini Mahajan, was following it up. Sudden inflow of sufferers from neighbouring states had put added burden on oxygen requirement of Punjab, he famous.
Ordering closure of industrial operations on the iron and steel plants, the Chief Minister mentioned the state authorities will convey its resolution to the Centre. The Chief Minister has additionally requested for a feasibility report from the Power Department on use of thermal plants for offering oxygen for medical use.
Punjab has witnessed a pointy enhance in demand over the previous few days. Demand for Oxygen at present stands at 250 MT per day and is additional anticipated to go up to 300 MT in the approaching days on account of spiralling COVID instances.
The Chief Minister additionally directed that contracted oxygen provide below non-public hospitals could also be reviewed to be certain that oxygen provide is optimally used and rationalised throughout the state. Reacting to reviews of enhance in the value of oxygen by suppliers, he requested PSIC to focus on, negotiate and settle the pricing with bulk suppliers and inform Principal Secretary, Medical Education and Research, on the ultimate resolution.
In one other resolution, he ordered PHSC to procure 100 extra oxygen concentrators, together with 50 authorized earlier, in addition 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 additionally assist enhance the variety of L2 beds in services reminiscent of in Tarn Taran and in Gurdaspur the place extra L2 beds are wanted.
The launch mentioned that Principal Secretary Industries has been directed by the Chief Minister to urgently arrange the State Control Room at Udyog Bhawan, Chandigarh, with assist from Director Industries and Commerce, with different officers, as required, to be supplied by the Personnel Department. The PS Industries has additionally been requested to get the management rooms in districts arrange on the earliest.
The state management room will be certain that all oxygen provide from inside Punjab and from outdoors is carefully supervised and instantly monitored by the federal government. (ANI)