Centre asks states to undertake Oxygen consumption audit in all hospitals

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New Delhi: In view of the oxygen crisis, the government of India has asked the states governments to undertake Oxygen consumption audit in all hospitals including private hospitals.

“ States are advised to ensure rational use of Oxygen, prohibit abnormal use by monitoring non-closure of valve during no-use, unnecessary oxygen administration to patients who may not require it clinically and for monitoring private health facilities which indulge in pushing oxygen cylinders as part of COVID-19 home based care packages” said Luv Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry.

During the daily government press briefing, he said that To meet the rising demand of medical oxygen in the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the government has sanctioned 1051 PSA plants out of which 500 PSA plants of indigenous technology will be set up by DRDO and rest 551 PSA plants will be installed in different public health facilities across the country.

The government of India has also increased the import of oxygen from countries like Singapore, Abu Dhabi. So far orders for 200 MT oxygen has been placed on SSB Cryogenic Singapore, 1800 MT on Gulf Industrial Gases Abu Dhabi. Also order has been placed for supply of 1500 MT oxygen from Ultra pure gas.

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