551 oxygen generation plants to be set up in govt hospitals under PM-CARES

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New Delhi (NVI) The Centre has given approval for allocation of funds for installation of 551 dedicated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants inside public health facilities across the country, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed that these plants should be made functional as soon as possible. He said that these plants will serve as a major boost to oxygen availability at the district level, PMO said.

The decision has been taken in the wake of severe oxygen shortage in the country due to which several Covid patients have died. It is also in line with PM’s direction of boosting availability of oxygen to hospitals, amid the ongoing crisis.

These dedicated plants will be established in identified government hospitals in district headquarters in various States/UTs. The procurement will be done through Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, PMO said.

“Oxygen plants in every district to ensure adequate oxygen availability…An important decision that will boost oxygen availability to hospitals and help people across the nation,” PM Modi tweeted.

The PM CARES Fund had earlier this year allocated Rs 201.58 crores for installation of additional 162 dedicated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Medical Oxygen Generation Plants inside public health facilities in the country, according to PMO.

The basic aim behind establishing PSA Oxygen Generation Plants at Government hospitals in the district headquarters is to further strengthen the public health system and ensure that each of these hospitals has a captive oxygen generation facility, it said.

Such an in-house captive oxygen generation facility would address the day to day medical oxygen needs of these hospitals and the district. In addition, the liquid medical oxygen (LMO) would serve as a “top up” to the captive oxygen generation, as per the official statement.

Such a system will go a long way in ensuring that Government hospitals in the districts do not face sudden disruption of oxygen supplies and have access to adequate uninterrupted oxygen supply to manage the COVID-19 patients and other patients needing such support, PMO said.