New Delhi (NVI): Around 52 oxygen plants have been sanctioned by Indian Railways which plans to add 86 oxygen plants and other medical equipment in its COVID care centres across India.
“4 Oxygen Plants are functional, 52 are sanctioned and 30 under various stages of processing,” the Railways Ministry said in a statement.
Massive Capacity Enhancement is planned in 86 Railway Hospitals across India, All Railway Covid Hospitals to be equipped with Oxygen Plants.
Constant efforts are being made to add critical medical equipment like BIPAP machines, oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders etc in Railway hospitals, the statement said.
General Managers have been delegated further powers, up to Rs 2 crores in each case for sanctioning Oxygen Generation plants under M&P vide Rly Bd letter no 2020/F(X)II/ PW/3/Pt dated 4.5.21, it said.
A series of measures have been initiated. The number of beds for Covid treatment have been increased from 2539 to 6972. The ICU Beds in Covid hospitals have been increased from 273 to 573.
Invasive ventilators have been added and their number has been increased from 62 to 296.
Railways have also issued instructions that Covid affected employees may be admitted to empanelled hospitals on referral basis as per need.
This massive capacity enhancement in Railway Hospitals would usher in better infrastructure to handle medical emergencies, the statement read.